Doug Peruski is an actor who currently lives and works in Duluth, Georgia. He spends many days and evenings waiting on tables at Achilles, a Greek restaurant. But his true calling is the theatre.
With his friend Thomas Forsythe, Doug Peruski co-founded the Square Peg Players, a theatre troupe that stages several productions each year. “It’s my baby,” Doug Peruski says of the Square Peg Players. “It gives me absolute artistic freedom – the chance to do almost anything that I want to do on the stage.” He and Forsythe established the Square Peg Players after graduating from the University of Georgia.
There are five actors involved with the Square Peg Players on a regular basis, Doug Peruski says. “That includes me and Tom.” To date, the troupe has put on five plays in three years, including several written by Thomas Forsythe. The Squares, as Doug Peruski refers to them, have also established an improv night that runs through the winter months.
The first play staged by the Square Peg Players was Not Again!, which was written by Forsythe and starred Doug Peruski as Philip, the owner of a failing bakery who starts gambling on horse races in an effort to save his business. The play, a screwball comedy, was largely panned by local critics, but Doug Peruski received praise for his performance.
Doug Peruski says that he and the Square Peg Players have already outgrown Duluth. He and Forsythe are planning to relocate to New York and continue their dramatic endeavors together. “We don’t want to be big fish in a small pond,” Doug Peruski says. “If you’re an actor, then New York or Los Angeles is where you have to be. And for me, it’s New York!”