History: The name comes from the Greek, ~akon~ meaning ~a dart,~ as arrowheads were dipped in the poison. It got it’s name Wolf’s Bane from the time when wolves were common in Europe and meat poisoned with it’s juices was used as a bait for them.
What was the funniest mishap that happened at your own wedding? DAVID BURTKA: Our daughter and flower girl, Harper, getting cold feet and refusing to perform. So Neil [Patrick Harris] and I were crouched behind her like angry stage parents, hissing at her to walk. She didn’t, and Neil carried her the entire way. In hindsight, wouldn’t change a thing. DAVID HYDE PIERCE: Brian [Hargrove] and I were legally married, but then a few weeks later the State of California told us we weren’t. Oh, how we laughed.
What’s your pre-show ritual like? PIERCE: Now that I’m directing, I just show up, sit down, and enjoy. BURTKA: I kneel before my shrine to David Hyde Pierce and bask in his glory.
What surprised you most about the other David? PIERCE: Not a thing—I expected him to be sweet, charming, and talented, and he is all that. BURTKA: While he’s incredibly positive and kind, he demands that you never look him directly in the eyes.
How is marriage different from doing Broadway? BURTKA: You’re doing a show to a MUCH smaller audience. PIERCE: One is a life-changing religious experience. The other is marriage.
How is marriage the same as doing Broadway? BURTKA: After performing and getting all sweaty, there is often a standing ovation. PIERCE: Both involve unions.
How does the cast get the attention of one David vs. another? BURTKA: Everyone calls him ‘Master Hyde Pierce,’ and for me they just tend to throw things at my head. PIERCE: They always have my attention. I’m not sure how they get David’s, although I think cookies help.
If my marriage was a musical, my big solo number would be called: PIERCE: “Forever.” BURTKA: “Daddy’s Turn.”