The Surgeon’s Files: The Prodigal Son Podcast (Episode 204 with Guest, Michael Potts)

Welcome to The Surgeon’s Files: The Prodigal Son Podcast, your unofficially official Prodigal Son after-show podcast!

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Each week, The Surgeon’s Files: The Prodigal Son Podcast will break down the week’s episode of Prodigal Son and bring you interviews with the show’s cast and creatives! Think of it as the unofficially official companion podcast for the series.

This week, hosts Mike and Sheila discuss Episode 4 of Season 2, “Take Your Father to Work Day”. Afterwards, stick around for our exclusive interview with the Michael Potts (who plays Martin’s new therapist in tonight’s episode, Dr. Brandon Marsh)!!  Michael was amazing to talk to, giving us so much time to take us behind the scenes on set at Prodigal Son and for indulging our fanboying over his amazing career in theater as well as on TV and in the movies. A definite Do Not Miss Interview!

58:08 – Time Code for Start of the Michael Potts Interview. 

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Guest Bio – Michael Potts:

Michael Potts is an accomplished actor of stage and screen who most recently starred alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in the Netflix film adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Previously, he starred as the heartwarming “Mr. Hawkins” in the Tony® nominated musical The Prom. In 2018, Potts received critical praise for his role as “Joe Mott” alongside Denzel Washington in the Tony® nominated Eugene O’Neill revival The Iceman Cometh. For his role in Iceman, Potts received the distinguished “Richard Seff Award,” which is presented to veteran actors for their performances in supporting roles both on and off Broadway.

Potts is widely recognized for his role as the well-mannered yet feared assassin, “Brother Mouzone” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire alongside Idris Elba and Dominic West and as “Detective Maynard Gilbough” in the Emmy® Award winning HBO drama True Detective,
opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
On the stage, he is known for originating the role of “Mafala Hatimbi” in the Tony® award
winning musical The Book Of Mormon. In 2015, he starred in the HBO six-hour miniseries, Show Me a Hero, co-created by David Simon (The Wire) and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis.

As a graduate the Yale School of Drama, Potts’ extensive theater background has afforded him
several performances on New York’s theater stages. Roles in Rent, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Richard III garnered him the Falstaff Award for best ‘Male Supporting Performance’ and The Village Voice’s Obie Award for his portrayal in the off-Broadway production of The American Play.

He is an active supporter and contributor of the 52nd Street Project, dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of 9-18 that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The organization achieves this goal through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists.


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This podcast was recorded in Pod Clubhouse Studios and edited by Caroline Daley and assembled by Michael Caputo.