Is this your first Sheherezade?
This is my first Sheherazade. So delighted to discover this wonderful concept.
Sheherezade is an ensemble piece, which means you are playing several roles between the plays. What are the roles you are playing this year?
I'll be playing Hope Judith Hauser in "The Duck", Gwynn in "Photo Dynamic Theraphy", and Female Actor in "Dissonance". In addition I'll be taking over the Margaret in "The Interview" for the extension.
Knowing that we all bring ourselves to the roles we play, is there a character or character's experience that you connect with in particular?
My characters in both "The Duck" and "Photo Dynamic Therapy" deal with loss. They have both lost somene close to them in their lives, and that is something I connect with, though I try to avoid cannibalizing my personal grief.
An emerging theme between these plays that has really jumped out at us is reality and perception. Tell us about an experience that you thought had been one thing only to discover it was completely different.
I was living in a house with a bunch of people, and our landlord called us in one day to announce that he was giving us all the boot. All perfectly amicable and understandable, but in the moment we all panicked and wondered what we were going to do, how would we find another place to live? It turned out however, that for all that panic, we were like chicks getting pushed out of the nest, and we all found our wings and flew. Were it not for that moment, I probably wouldn't own my own little adorable house.
What do you hope audience members come away from the show with?
I hope they come away with a renewed sense of awe at the multitudinous talents of the playwrights. One thing about the internet that always amazes me is the opportunity to see the crazy, amazing, bemusing talents that so many people have, that you would never know they had if you met them at a party. Well, watching this show, the audience is seeing that talent on display: the quirky, moving, wonderful ideas that live inside these playwrights' minds and that they have teased out, honed, and encapsulated for the audience to enjoy.
What are you most excited about to share with the audience?
The result of the fun and collaboration that the cast and everyone involved have experienced. It is such a trip in every sense of word, and I'm excited to have the audience share the ride.