Local writer/actress Cameron Galloway’s work has been featured in the Thursday Night Combo at the Exit, DivaFest, Divas Tell All, and Working Women's Festival. Cameron is happy to be working with Wily West again as she performed in several roles in SHEHEREZADE 14 earlier this summer. She was part of the original cast of Banana, Bag and Bodice's Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage at the Ashby Stage, and enjoys performing here and there as opportunities arise.
She shares with us here her thoughts on the production of UN-HINGED.
NOTES FROM AN ACTOR'S JOURNAL:
Unhinged is a time bomb play, with a sprinkle of Albee and Williams and some dark humor for good measure. When we do it right, I feel the tick tock of the timer attached to all that plastic dynamite stuffed in the crevices of the scenery, the walls, the gaps between the Exit’s floor’s wood planks. There’s even a little hole in the floor of the Exit’s dressing room where Elaine (that’s the comic-tragic character I play) catches her high heel every night before she goes on. I think there might be some gooey explosive tucked away in that ¾ inch hole too.
But all is well, my friend. Don’t be frightened. Relax and enjoy the play. We’ll all turn our heads away when something real comes up . . . when that ticking comes into focus we’ll divert ourselves rightly. And watch our lovely 1960s lawn grow. We’ll have a party. We’ll buy white gloves. Choose the proper color. Move to the suburbs. We’ll flirt with the handyman and make a scotch, a gin tonic, a clean well-done gin tonic in a glass that has perfect lines.
Well, true, you might feel like something’s terribly wrong. You might feel like bolting. You might, in a panic, start praying for clarity, if not a permanent way out. You might feel like moving away from the suburbs or like taking a stand. You might feel like screaming.
But you won’t.
Shhhh. Shhhh. Just sit and relax and enjoy the play. Never mind that tick-tock. Just put it out of your mind. There now. Let the way things have always been wash over you. Don’t be frightened. Just rest and relax and let it all wash over you. Pay no mind, dear one. Just pretend, like children do.