By Nick Sestanovich
When audiences in Vancouver go to see the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” in a week, they will see a Benician in the cast. Jed Weiss, a 2013 graduate of Benicia High School, will be portraying the pious but vulnerable Rev. John Hale.
Weiss was first approached with the opportunity to act prior to starting sixth grade at Benicia Middle School. His parents were signing him up for classes and asked if he wanted to take band or drama as an elective. He opted for band, playing tenor and baritone saxophone for three years. When high school rolled around, Weiss decided he would take John Baker’s beginning drama class.
“I loved it immediately and was complete garbage at it, so thus began my slow climb to becoming competent at acting,” he said.