nytheatre.com q&a preview by Meaghan Bloom Fluitt
January 7, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Two lovers must struggle with difficult and impossible choices of love, honor, and duty in their journey towards finding themselves and each other.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I can't really say that I was one of those "an actor from birth" cases where all I wanted to do from day one was be an actor. Of course, as a kid, I loved to play pretend, and would wrangle all my friends into my elaborate (and sometimes ridiculous) imaginary epic stories. But I actually wasn't really sure what I wanted to be for a long time. In first grade, it was an archaeologist. Then later, a gymnast. I think firefighter, ballerina, basketball player, and superhero also made it into the running at one point. But it wasn't until my last couple of years of high school I figured out my niche, after I broke my ankle and had to sit out of a season of basketball (which I was unfortunately not as into as my father probably wanted). I joined our school's theatre troupe, and for all the oddities that I felt I was made up of, and despite the insecurities of trying to figure out what I was made for - I found a home. It just settled in, and before I knew it, I was off. It was okay to want to be all those things I had thought of being. I could have the opportunity to be all of them. And I found a sense of community in the theatre that I loved and helped to further build and fuel my love of acting.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...that I'm in, of course! In all seriousness, LE CID is a complicated show, that deals with interesting, deeply rooted, complicated issues. Love. Honor. Respect. The duty we have to our families. And the duties we have in maintaining our sense of self. I think our show has a unique ability to be viewed in many different ways. No audience member will receive it in exactly the same way. There is no real villain, but there is no real hero, either, so it leaves a lot in the audience's hands, and hearts, to feel out what they are seeing and hearing for themselves. The play doesn't tell them how to feel - it gives them many facets of a very complex situation in which they can glean their own decisions, judgments, and feelings. So that's pretty cool.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I've worked on two previous Storm Theatre shows: AS YOU LIKE IT, and THE PRESIDENT. Both were amazingly fun and great experiences. The Storm Theatre's actors, casts, and crews, though the shows are different, always have a wonderful sense of collaboration and comradery that I think help to lend great things to the production. And I love working with Peter and Stephen - I'm really really happy and thankful that they thought I was up to the task of Chimene.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Probably a mixture of ONCE, and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIGINIA WOOLF. LE CID is a love story between two young lovers, for sure, but it's also a story of struggling to find your own self within your society and how your actions thus define both. It's a classical piece, with concepts and ideals that might seem a bit archaic, but the underlying conflicts are relevant to the struggles we deal with today.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Extremely important! Diversity is one of the main catalysts for creativity, I think. To me, diversity of character, diversity of story, and diversity of presentation are what make theatre, and art in general, remain alive, viable, and accessible.