I mentioned earlier that I will be playing Noam Chomsky in a play at the 2017 London Fringe. The play is called "Noam Chomsky vs. Rush Limbaugh", and is a political comedy loosely based on Chomsky and Limbaugh.
Long-time readers of EclectEcon know full well that I am no fan of Chomsky. [For example, see this and this]. I know he is a very smart person. I know I would lose any debate to him. But generally I perceive him as a member of the group I have characterized as "Elitist Interventionists" who probably have little-to-no understanding of F.A. Hayek's adage,
" The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to [people] how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."
And so playing Chomsky in this upcoming play will be a fun, interesting challenge.
To play the role, I am trying to be "authentic", as many actors and critics might describe the process.
To say the lines is one thing. But that is superficial, pretending, and generally not good acting. It leads to acceptable performances, but doing the role properly generally requires actually understanding and projecting an understanding of the character. As I began studying for the role (and working with the playwright, Paul Merrifield, and the director, Robert Vaughn to edit the script), I realized that I needed to engage in what Bryan Caplan calls "The Ideological Turing Test" [also, see this].
The role of Chomsky was not insurmountable for me. I was once (in my early 20s, of course) a socialist wannabe, a pretentious elitist interventionist. Furthermore, I have many friends who think Chomsky is just wonderful, thus making my familiarity with Chomsky much easier. I no longer accept those views myself, but once had them and read/hear them often.