Nick Garrison is an actor and singer.
Nick Garrison is an actor and singer. Courtesy of Nick Garrison

Good morning. It's Friday, April 17, and today's message comes from the brilliant theater performer Nick Garrison.

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"I'm so glad I got asked to do one of these messages to the city because I've been watching them a lot lately and they're really comforting and lovely," Nick says in his message. "When they asked me to do this they asked if I would sing a particular song, and I was very happy to sing it, but it was also weird because I literally two days before had been teaching it to my niece."

Her name is Camoya, she's six years old, and she appears in the video. Some of her toys make appearances, too. As Nick says, "This is the perfect song to teach a kid about, well, the origin of love..."

"I was teaching her this song because I was trying to teach her things that I could actually manage to teach, that I have knowledge of, and so we were studying ancient Greece. Not that I'm an expert," Nick says.

"But we were talking about all the great things about ancient Greece like philosophy and democracy and theater, and some of the not so great things like them having slaves and women not being citizens. We didn't like those things. But I did realize that I know something about philosophy and theater. And so this song came up."

Nick teaching his niece about the origins of love.
Nick teaching his niece Camoya about the origins of love. Courtesy of Nick Garrison

Nick's list of credits is long, but he is most well known for playing Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch better than anyone except John Cameron Mitchell himself. (Nick and John finally met for the first time after Mitchell's appearance at the Moore in February.)

Nick has played the role in multiple Seattle and Chicago productions. The Seattle productions were in 2000 and 2004. The Chicago productions were in 2001 and 2009.

Nick playing Hedwig at Re-bar, which is an ideal venue for Hedwig.
Nick playing Hedwig at Re-bar, which is an ideal venue for Hedwig. Photo by AJ Epstein/Courtesy of Nick Garrison

Nick was known—and praised by John Cameron Mitchell himself—for his lightning quick improv skills.
Nick was known—and praised by John Cameron Mitchell—for his lightning quick improv skills and willingness to go off script, making the most of the opportunities created by a live audience. AJ Epstein

Thank you so much for singing to us today, Nick!

And thank you for your guest appearance, Camoya! And for letting Nick use your dolls to show us how things work.

Happy weekend, everyone.


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Previously in this series:


Rebecca M. Daviss message to the city April 15.
Rebecca M. Davis's message to the city April 15.

Heather McHughs message to the city on April 14.
Heather McHugh's message to the city on April 14.

Brandon ONeills message to the city on April 13.
Brandon O'Neill's message to the city on April 13.

Kate Wallichs message to the city on April 12.
Kate Wallich's message to the city on April 12.

Rebecca Browns message to the city on April 11.
Rebecca Brown's message to the city on April 11.

Lucien Postlewaites message to the city on April 10.
Lucien Postlewaite's message to the city on April 10.

Betty Wetters message to the city on April 9.
Betty Wetter's message to the city on April 9.

Amanda Morgans message to the city on April 8.
Amanda Morgan's message to the city on April 8.

Nancy Guppys message to the city on April 7.
Nancy Guppy's message to the city on April 7.

Jonathan Bisss message to the city on April 6.
Jonathan Biss's message to the city on April 6.

Chris Jeffriess message to the city on April 5.
Chris Jeffries's message to the city on April 5.

Lesley Hazletons message to the city on April 4.
Lesley Hazleton's message to the city on April 4.

John Rodericks message to the city on April 3.
John Roderick's message to the city on April 3.

Bill Cartys message to the city on April 2.
Bill Carty's message to the city on April 2.

Price Suddarths message to the city on April 1.
Price Suddarth's message to the city on April 1.

Kary Waysons message to the city on March 31.
Kary Wayson's message to the city on March 31.

Ellen Forneys message to the city on March 30.
Ellen Forney's message to the city on March 30.

Major Scaless message to the city on March 29.
Major Scales's message to the city on March 29.

E. J. Kohs message to the city on March 28.
E. J. Koh's message to the city on March 28.

Ken Jenningss message to the city on March 27.
Ken Jennings's message to the city on March 27.

Demarre McGills message to the city on March 26.
Demarre McGill's message to the city on March 26.

Lynn Sheltons Message to the City on March 25th.
Lynn Shelton's Message to the City on March 25th.

Timothy White Eagles message to the city on March 24.
Timothy White Eagle's message to the city on March 24.

Cookie Coutures message to the city on March 23.
Cookie Couture's message to the city on March 23.

Sarah Rudinoffs message to the city on March 22.
Sarah Rudinoff's message to the city on March 22.

John Osebolds message to the city on March 21.
John Osebold's message to the city on March 21.


Ben Gibbards message to the city on March 21.
Ben Gibbard's message to the city on March 20.

Nathan Chans message to the city on March 19.
Nathan Chan's message to the city on March 19.