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“Do you mind if I’m on the elliptical during this?” actor Conrad Ricamora asks on a recent afternoon during a phone interview.

For the next 30 minutes, Ricamora talks about the latest stage role that has been filling his time before ABC’s legal drama series “How to Get Away with Murder” — in which he plays Oliver Hampton — starts filming season five this summer. 

This entire conversation is devoid of any indication that he’s out of breath. 

“It’s good training,” he says with a laugh.

In two hours, he’ll then make his way to the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, where’s starring in “Soft Power,” a musical by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”) and composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”) that premiered on May 16.

The production, billed as a “play with a musical,” is produced by Center Theatre Group, directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton.

Coming back to the stage feels like home for Ricamora, who spends most of his year working on the TV show. 

“There is no replacement for that immediate sharing of energy with an audience in that theater that you can’t get from TV or film. Those two forms have great things too that theater doesn’t, but that shared experience that lives and dies every single night is something you can’t replicate or find anywhere else. Also, there is a sense of ensemble that happens in theater because everyone shows up at the same time every night to tell a story. There are times where I go a week or two without seeing some of the cast on the TV show because we don’t shoot the same scene,” he says. 

In “Soft Power,” Ricamora pla