5 Questions Inspired By Tigers Be Still: Jared Michael Delaney

We asked the cast and crew of Tigers Be Still to answer 5 questions inspired by the play. First up, Jared Michael Delaney, who plays Joseph.
1) What is a movie that you could watch over and over again?
The Thing (the John Carpenter version). Don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ve seen it a million times and love it every time.
2) Which Top Gun character do you most identify with and why?
I don’t know if I identify with him exactly, but I like Viper (played by Tom Skerritt, probably because I like Tom Skerritt as an actor so much.)  And you cannot deny the Iceman.
3) How do you take care of yourself after a break up (or when you feel down)?
The saddest of sad songs and the angriest of angry songs.
4) Describe your first job
My first job was washing dishes at a Denny’s-like diner. It was a living hell, particularly on Sundays, when it was the post-church senior citizen discount brunch rush. But we listened to Rock 107, The Mountain, in the kitchen, so I received a thorough education in Bad Company, Foreigner and other mid-late 70s bands that sucked. So call that a win.
5) Have you ever been up close and personal with a wild animal? How did it go for you?
I once encountered a wild California Brown Bear in Lake Tahoe in a hotel parking lot around 1am. It was the size of a Volkswagon and as he shuffled across the parking lot, he seemed to turn towards me, give an indifferent shrug and continue on his way. I learned the next morning that this particular bear came down from the mountains every night to forage through the trash. The hotel owners told me they used to chain lock the garbage cans, but the bear would just break the locks. So they stopped locking them. Let’s repeat that: the bear used to BREAK THE STEEL LOCKS, cause he could. So I, in turn, am grateful for his indifference on that evening.
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Jared is the Associate Artistic Director of Inis Nua Theatre Company and co-founder of Revolution Shakespeare. As an actor, he has worked regionally with the Folger Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Sierra Rep. Theater, River Valley Rep., Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Lantern Theater, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, the Theatre at Monmouth and Azuka Theatre, among others. He has twice been nominated for “Best Ensemble” at Philly’s Barrymore Awards (winning once). As a playwright, he has had three short plays produced as part of the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. The Hand of Gaul, his first full-length play, was produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company in April 2013