After graduating in 2004 with an MFA in acting from the Case Western/Cleveland Play House graduate program in Ohio, Rich Sommer moved to New York City and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre before eventually moving to Los Angeles for “Mad Men.” Sommer is now in New York again rehearsing for the upcoming Broadway revival of “Harvey” with Jim Parsons (“Big Bang Theory”), while also making time to attend the Tribeca Film Festival, where he is in two world premiere films—”Fairhaven,” in which he co-stars with writer-director Tom O’Brien and Chris Messina, and “The Giant Mechanical Man,” starring Messina and Jenna Fischer. Before rehearsals for “Harvey” began on April 18, I spoke with Sommer about the importance of improv and his excitement being on Broadway for the first time.

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