Thomas will appear as Mr. Smith in the upcoming premiere of John Proctor Is the Villain at Clemson University, November 18-24.

Photo by Will Crooks

John Proctor Is the Villain

Thomas will appear as Mr. Smith in the 2019 Kilroy List play John Proctor Is the Villain by Kimberly Belflower, directed by Clemson University Performing Arts chair Becky Becker.

In present-day Appalachian Georgia, an English assignment becomes uncomfortably relevant when scandal swirls and old heroes are questioned. What does it mean to inherit centuries of trauma and come of age in a world that has always prioritized a man’s reputation above a woman’s experience? The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-#MeToo examination of power, literature, and sex education. Plus there’s Lorde.

Pride and Prejudice

Thomas appeared as Mr. Darcy opposite Amanda Sox (Cry It Out, In the Next Room) as Elizabeth Bennett in Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at The Warehouse Theatre, directed by Jay Briggs (Clybourne Park, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century).

Thomas Azar’s Darcy is delightfully and comically rigid, stiff-necked, properly postured, and expertly unbending. This makes it only more hilarious in moments when he stoically grimaces through the pain after having hot rum punch on his groin, or moments when he must diffuse overt sexual advances of a drunken partygoer. Azar also perfectly builds Darcy’s inner conflict.

Carolina Curtain Call

The cast is uniformly terrific. Thomas Azar and Amanda Sox come the closest to playing things straight, to actually creating realistic(ish) characters. And that’s a tribute to them both. Azar and Sox have both demonstrated their dramatic and comedic chops many times on upstate stages, and with a play like this that can border on cartoonish at times, the fact that they can still conjure some human moments amidst the chaos is a wonder indeed.

Broadway World South Carolina

Recently

Thomas made his debut at Lean Ensemble Theater in Hilton Head, South Carolina, as Paul in Barefoot in the Park, directed by artistic director Blake White.

“What a riot […] this work, start to finish, is explorative and through it all, entertaining.” – The Island Packet

Thomas appeared at the Warehouse Theatre as Tom in The Glass Menagerie, opposite Mimi Wyche (All My Sons, The Cake) as Amanda, directed by Kerrie Seymour (The Cake, In the Next Room).

“Thomas Azar […] reflects the internally ripped-apart shoe-warehouse employee with all the complexity the script asked for” -- fête magazine

“makes for a powerful evening of theatre, one you’ll want to think about and discuss - and remember” -- Broadway World South Carolina

Thomas returned to the Warehouse Theatre as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Anne Kelly Tromsness.

“Azar brings confidence, class and wit to this role in the vein of screen legend Cary Grant” -- Carolina Curtain Call

“Azar is a gifted physical actor, [he] earns laughs with just a look.” -- Broadway World South Carolina

Thomas appeared as Roland in Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Jay Briggs, at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia.

“[…] beautiful, thought provoking, funny, sweet and impressive theatre, you’ll love it. The talent of the two actors will blow you away. It’s simply beautiful.” – Roanoke Weekly