I'm playing Sonia, a middle aged, unmarried woman who has lived for decades with her gay brother, in a childlike bubble of privilege. Yet she is growing increasingly discontent, coming to realize she's craving a bigger, better life. But she is unsure how to get 'unstuck'.
Then spurred on by the events of the weekend, she gradually begins stepping out of her comfort zone, and is THRILLED.
What do you think this play is about?
It's a universal theme about how people get stuck in behaviors and routines, and how fiercely they cling to them - long past when they are served by them. And how it takes a major event to re-awaken their hope and imagine new possibilities.
You've worked with Vermont Stage in the past. What gets you excited about returning to work here again?
I moved back to Vermont in 1992 from Los Angeles, where I'd been working in show business. At that time, the only professional theatre in town was St. Michael's Summer Playhouse. I felt like a sailor in a land locked country. My acting career went on hold while I figured out the Vermont way of making a living, but my creative soul was shriveling. Then one day out of the blue, I got a call - a new professional theatre company was starting up and would I like to help out on the first production? YES! In the 20+ years since, I've been a sometime participant, a front row audience member, and an ardent supporter of this wonderful organization. Nothing is as exciting to me, as that moment when the lights go down, the audience quiets, and then the magic begins.
What excites you about working on this show?
The short answer is the people!
But I like lists, so here goes -
1. The privilege of working again at Vermont Stage under Cristina Alicea's inspired direction is at the top of my list.
2. The joy of collaborating with this talented cast of actors: Aly, Andy, Ellen, Ito, & Kraig.
3. The professionalism and creativity of the entire production team.