|FST's Bruce Price|
Terri talked about the challenge of setting aside your own point of view when stepping into the shoes of a character. While she thought she had come into the production with a totally open mind, she realized she was judging McCorvey on occasion. (I am not familiar with McCorvey's background, and Terri and Jadwhani's comments about her "shifting" perspectives made me even more eager to see the show.) I appreciated her candor about the struggles of playing McCovey, whom she calls an "unreliable narrator."
|An impassioned Frank Galati|
When asked to place Ionesco's absurdist play in context, Galati had no difficulty. The play was written in 1959 and deals with the aftermath of WWII. Galati said the play comes from Ionesco's belief that "there is no reason, order, logic or harmony in the universe, despite the beauty of nature." To quote Ionesco, "What is the world if not absurd?" Galati compared the all-encompassing feeling resulting from this outlook to a man asleep in his bed that suddenly disappears into the void of a sinkhole. (The audience appreciated the Florida analogy.) He noted the power of the theater to encourage audiences to look at issues in a new way.
here to read about the costume designer brunch.)