Meet Oakes Fegley Of On Borrowed Time

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by

Two River Theater Opens It’s 20th Season with On Borrowed Time


On Borrowed Time opened on  September 14, 2013 and will run through October 13, 2013 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. The play was written by Paul Osborn and directed by Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey.


We were given the opportunity to interview Oakes Fegley, the 8 year old who plays “Pud” in On Borrowed Time. I have a 9 year old who is in the early stages of being interested in drama, he couldn’t wait to interview Oakes. My son enjoyed picking the brain of a child who had the same interests as he does.

Oakes Fegley

Photo Courtesy of Two River Theater Company

Interview conducted by Logan, age 9


What was the first play you ever acted in?

A Christmas Carol in 2009 as Tiny Tim. Then, I did the next four years in a row in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


How do you handle pre-show jitters?

I don’t get pre-show jitters.


Do you have any special routines you do before a show?

I go over the script with my mom. If its a musical, I do vocal warm ups and if there’s dancing in the show I stretch my arm and leg a little bit.


How do you feel playing the role originally by Academy and Tony Award winning director Joel Grey?

I think it’s really fun! It’s a very good experience for me.


Do you resemble your character “Pud” in any way?

I’m playful like Pud, but I don’t really resemble him in other ways.


Is it hard to learn your lines, and do you have any tricks for remembering them?

No tricks really, I try to remember them scene by scene. When I go off and come back out, it’s a whole new scene with new lines.


In what ways is your life different from other kids your age?

I get to skip a little bit of school because, I’m either auditioning or acting. My mom, dad, and sister are actors. I went to auditions with my sister. I asked my mom if acting paid, she said some jobs did, so I thought it was a good way to make money for LEGOS.


Is acting your dream job?

Not really, kind of! I want to be an electrical engineer or architect. Acting is my secondary job.


What is your dream role?

I don’t really know. I do know that I would like to be in Oliver, Matilda, or Newsies one day.


Do you have any advice for other kids who want to get into acting?

Make sure you really want to do it! Even if you think you are sick of it, just keep going to the auditions anyway.


Oakes Fegley (Pud), age 8, is thrilled to be working with Joel Grey and such an accomplished cast and crew at Two River Theater! Earlier this summer he played Chicken Soup in Really Rosie at the Bucks County Playhouse. He has played Tiny Tim twice, an urchin and Turkey Boy in A Christmas Carol at Civic Theatre back home in Allentown, PA. He plays Paul in the soon-to-be-released film Fort Bliss. Other film credits include This Is Where I Leave You (Young Judd), Prism (Young Bryan), The Truth About Lies (Boy), Glass (Boy), and Children of the Moon (Michael) a short film in which he got to act with his father. He has had an amazing time at Two River and will cherish this experience for the rest of his life.



On Borrowed Time

Oakes Fegley (Pud), Diane Kagan (Granny), Robert Hogan (Gramps), and Angela Reed (Demetria Riffle) in Paul Osborn’s On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey. The play runs at Two River Theater through October 13.
Photo Credit T. Charles Erickson


The magical fantasy about the love between a little boy nicknamed “Pud” (Oakes Fegley) and his Gramps (Robert Hogan). When Death himself pays them a visit in the form of a man named Mr. Brink (Tom Nelis), Gramps outwits him—trapping Brink in a tree and refusing to let him down. The cast also features Alexander Garfin (Boy), Brian Gildea (Workman), Brian Michael Hoffman (Mr. Grimes), Betsy Hogg (Marcia Giles), Patrick Husted (Mr. Pilbeam), Diane Kagan (Granny), Angela Reed (Demetria Riffle), Steven Skybell (Dr. Evans), Lorenzo Villanueva (Workman), John Thomas Waite (Sherriff), and Snickers(Betty).


Where is On Borrowed Time playing?

Two River Theater
21 Bridge Avenue
Red Bank NJ 07701

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online or by calling 732-345- 1400.



One thought on “Meet Oakes Fegley Of On Borrowed Time

  1. Two River Theater says:

    This was a fantastic interview, Logan! Thank you so much for talking with Oakes. His answers are pretty great :)

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