How’d you end up doing this play again?
MM: After L.A., we knew we wanted to do it again. So Nick and I, at our own expense, put the whole set in storage. It was the last night of the show, and the guy was walking in with a hammer to smash it to pieces, and we were like, “Whoa, whoa, hang on a second!”
NO: We love doing plays. We hate when jobs take us away from each other.
MM: I’ve never done a play where I’ve heard audible weeping from the audience. It’s like sniffling and snuffling and Kleenex out there.
Is anything different this time around?
MM: This is the first time I’ve realized that I don’t have to do it the same way every night. Doing comedy kind of is sort of like, ‘Oh, if I say the lines just like this and kick my foot up in the air, then it’ll get a laugh.’
NO: When we work with each other, we come in with a safety net already in place, so we can be more vulnerable to go to dangerous places with each other, either humorously or tragically.
What are some of your dream stage roles?
NO: After seven seasons of Ron Swanson, I’d like to play the biggest possible fop. Like the main character in“La Bete,” or Malvolio. I’d love to see Megan in some Pinter.
MM: We talked about doing Pinter’s “Old Times.” For a long time I really wanted to do “The Goat” (by Edward Albee).