Scott Cox and Colleen Egan play experimental doctors, Harry and Kate, who are doing their most brazen research in a lonely farmhouse out in the woods...
Colleen is delighted to work on her fourth collaboration with Wily West Productions. She recently appeared in Standing on Ceremony at The New Conservatory Theatre Center and she has assistant directed and understudied at the Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse. Colleen took some time away from rehearsals to talk to us about her latest role.
What other work have you done with Wily West?
Wily West has been a part of my life for a very long time. I was part of Wily West’s very first production, The Widow West in 2008. My husband (then boyfriend) was the stage manager and I was the assistant director. Since then we have acted in, assistant directed or stage managed Wily West productions. We even had a “Wily West” group photo taken at our wedding. This company is family for us.
What excites you most about this show?
I am obsessed with everything and anything spooky. Halloween is bigger than Christmas for me. It’s always been a dream of mine to act in a horror story play. I love the ancient idea that the lighter part of the year is dying and spirits are allowed to walk more fully among the living. I think this play is the perfect fit for this time of year.
What is your greatest challenge with this show?
Kate’s motivations are harder to express than the average, living person because, well, she’s not really alive. Her deep love for Harry is one of the few truly human emotions that keeps her somewhat grounded in the human realm, but even that starts to deteriorate as she (literally) falls apart and moves closer to the other side. My challenge is to take Kate through the journey from life to death. You know, no big deal or anything!
I played Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I’m thirty now and it makes me a little sad to know that I’m probably too old to play that role again.
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