The role of Ben in the short film, And Then I Woke Up, from writer-director Chris Aran is played by veteran actor Sean Patrick Hopkins in an exploration of a conflicted father-son relationship brought into relief by Sean’s counterpoint performance…
Character Sketch for Ben
Ben and Prentiss met at the same research facility, where a relationship that began as boss and trainee, became coworkers and best friends.
Ben and Prentiss were among the last few people to work at the facility they met at before it closed. They spent years watching something with potential fade away.
Unlike Prentiss who had a relentless desire to hold onto something that was a lost cause, Ben tried to help facilitate Prentiss’ transition into the reality of the end. Ben was Prentiss’ voice of reason, his sounding board, and became the brother Prentiss never had.
Sean Patrick Hopkins (Ben)
It’s difficult to tell if Ben is a co-leading or supporting role, so interrelated is it with Prentiss (Prentiss Thompson) that they almost become different voices and perspectives of the same character. Perhaps also because of Sean’s performance, it’s hard to imagine what And Then I Woke Up might have been if he didn’t lead at the same time as follow, his considerable experience and support of the overall production always in evidence.
Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University, with performance studies at the University of Sydney. His teachers include Del Lewis, Thomas Keating, Tina Packer, David DiLuilo, Tod Engle, Jerry Coyle, Jonathan Strauss, Kim Miscia and James Calleri.
He is a veteran of numerous regional and off-Broadway theatre productions including A Christmas Carol, Barefoot in the Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and It’s a Wonderful Life; television productions, The Gilded Lilys, Brotherhood, Celebrity Close Calls and PX This; and film in leading and supporting roles including Transits, The Lady’s Yes, All My Sons, Beg, A Queen without his Crown, and most recently as Jimmy Stewart in Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story along side a cast of hollywood luminaries past and present.
Sean also maintains an active schedule with commercial work, and as a voiceover recording artist, as represented by the Luedtke Agency.