The world of this play is created by the lives and stories of the community in our unnamed Vermont quarry town. Among others, I'm playing Jackson and Ken. Jackson is the town mayor's high school aged son who has lived a privileged life and subsequently has a sense of youthful invincibility. His jocular, untouchable attitude gets rocked as a result of an unintentionally poor decision. Ken is a forensic bone "spessiali-tist" who is called upon to investigate a discovery in the quarry and ends up discovering something far more personal in the process.
What do you think this play is about?
The play has universal themes that Ruth elaborated on in her blog post, but I might add that the quarry itself serves as a physical metaphor for the characters in this play. Like the layered blocks of marble hewn from a rock mass; chiseled, sawed, chipped, slabbed, and sized; these characters are living stones enduring hardship, setback, and sacrifice. Suffering is a necessary means to a polished end.
What excites you about working on THE QUARRY?
I'm excited to be integrating Randal's musical underscore into my character work as an actor. There is an organic, informative dialogue between his live music and the acting ensemble that influences both in a theatrically orchestral way.
What do you think will be the most challenging thing you have to tackle in the creation of this play?
The challenge and joy for me in this piece is in giving a grounded and truthful life to those characters I'm playing who may not sit as comfortably in my archetypal character range. It will be a messy exploration full of self-doubt and head-banging moments. I'm thrilled to jump in and untangle the mess!
What would you like the audience to be talking about after the show?
The storytelling form that Greg has created makes the audience an integral witness and participant in this play. I would like to hear the audience was engaged and took the journey with us, that they were able to hook in to the story because they recognized part of themselves in one of the characters or because they recognized the town as part of their own experience.