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David Pevsner Talks With Queer Me Up About ‘Old Dogs & New Tricks’

The highly anticipated first season of Old Dogs & New Tricks will begin with a two-part episode! Part 1 debuts tomorrow Jan 8, and concludes Tuesday Jan 10!

Old Dogs & New Tricks follows the story of four successful, middle-aged gay best friends, all struggling to stay vital and relevant in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.

Queer Me Up will feature interviews with the cast members of this comedic web series. In a previous Q&A Leon Acord creator/writer/producer and one of the stars of the production dropped a few hints on what’s coming next in the premiere episode. Today multi-talented actor David Pevsner talks to us about his amazing work in Old Dogs & New Tricks.

David Pevsner is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. Originally from Stokie, IL and a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he worked in the NY theatre for many years, on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, and in the original casts of the off-Broadway hits When Pigs Fly and Party among others…until the snow drove him to LA where he appeared in the LA cast of When Pigs Fly.

His guest starring roles on TV, film and web include Law & Order LA, Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas, Role/Play, The LXD, Joshua Tree 1951, etc. On stage, he most recenrlt appeared as the Baker in Into The Woods with General Hospital’s Anthony Geary, in the US premiere production of Joe DiPietro’s F*cking Men, in the international production of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi (soon to be the subject of the documentary Corpus Christi-Playing wtih Redemption), and as Billy Flynn in Chicago.

As a writer, he has contributed material to everything from original political satire for Primetime with Diane Sawyer to scripts for Playboy TV, and his witty, risque songes have been heard on the soundtrack of Adam and Steve, in the long-running international hot show Naked Boys Singing (Best Musical, LA Weekly), his critically acclaimed one-man musical To Bitter and Back (LA Weekly nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance), the sketch comedy The Todd and Molly Show, and his forthcoming revue The Fancy Boys Follies. He is developing entertainment and reality-oriented TV shows with such partners as Maxine Lapiduss and Dirk Shafer. He is planning on getting his first feature film Musical Comedy Whore made as a NY/LA production.

In Old Dogs & New Tricks David Pevsner plays ‘Ross Stein’: A former TV leading man in the 1990s, Ross is now settled into a long-term gay marriage — but as his husband becomes more successful, Ross finds himself spending too much time alone.

David Pevsner was kind enough to put aside some time in his busy schedule to talk about his work on Old Dogs & New Tricks with us. In the interview he discusses what attracted him to play ‘Ross Stein’ and how he identifies with the character.

So Ross is in a long-term gay marriage? With who?

His name is Neal, and so far he’s just a voice on the phone. There hasn’t been a lot of info yet on our relationship, and I don’t want to spoil anything. Suffice to say that we’ve been together a long time, I’m not happy, and I have to make some choices soon…and that’s a major conflict for Ross.

What attracted you to this character?

Guy in his fifties, had acting success but is going through a dry patch, trouble keeping love in his life (beyond his friends), trying to hold himself together and stay attractive and relevant…gee, nothing I could POSSIBLY identify with! I think my confidence and demeanor are stronger and more positive than Ross’ at this stage of the game, but the fun will be to see him keep trying to make his over-50 life work in a city and a business that loves youth. And in the gay world, being a “DADDY” isn’t always a positive.

What is the best part about being in the cast of ‘Old Dogs & New Tricks’?

I love that I get to play a character that I’ll really be able to put a stamp on…make him so personal. I think what Ross is going through is very universal, but I like that I’m the one who gets to interpret it my way. I’m looking forward to using every bit of humor, smarts, and sexuality Leon and Arvin will allow me to put into it to fulfill their vision. Plus, it’s a great group, and lord knows, it’s nice to be a part of something that the creators really believe in and really know how to push. Didn’t we all want to be in “Sex and the City” at some point? Well, here’s our chance in our way…we’re a lucky group of actors.

Queer Me Up asked the following questions to the fourth main actors in the cast, Here are David Pevsner’s answers:

What’s going to happen at Nathan’s 50 birthday party?

Gonna have to tune in to find out.

Are there any deleted scenes in “Old Dogs & New Tricks” and if so, what do they reveal?

You’ll have to ask Leon and Arvin. They probably have some stolen moments that they can blackmail us with later. I think my towel dropped at some point on camera…. ask Leon for the footage. 🙂

With working in web what are the biggest differences from your TV or film (or theatre) work?

It moves a lot faster and the set is more relaxed since it’s pretty much all friends. It’s fun.

What kind of relationship did you develop with each other? Did you hang out off-set during filming?

We’re seeing a lot of each other these days, doing interviews and screenings. More to come I’m sure, and it’s a very fun, smart, talented bunch…a total pleasure.

Do you have any funny anecdotes from the filming you want to share.

Nothing in particular…like I said, it’s been a total pleasure, but I’m looking forward to whatever love/sex scenes Ross is going to have. Leon promised, and I’m sure there’ll be some fun scandalous tidbits …I hope!

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