Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Everybody Has An Opinion

Lately, there has been much controversy in the blogosphere regarding the ongoing debate regarding reviewers vs bloggers. I’ve even discussed this myself previously. I believe it all has a purpose. Critics/Reviewers have an important function because they are there to critically analyze your work. Great, we need that, so we all can be held up to a higher standard. But Bloggers/Reviewers also have an important function because they are there in many ways as a representative of your average audience member. They are there for the experience.

I honestly welcome all opinions so below are a few audience and reviewer comments from week one of Blue Surge:

“Claire Lindsay brings a lively intelligence and subtle responsiveness to Beth. When Curt accuses Beth of not wanting to sleep at his place because it’s not good enough for her, Beth doesn’t speak, but you can see the guilt register on her face. Chris Rosamond, who plays Curt’s horny cop pal, Doug, and Tara Pratt, who takes the role of Doug’s girlfriend, Heather, deliver freewheeling characterizations”Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

“The actors who portray the main characters manage to intensely immerse themselves in their work, so much so that they made me want to slap them (particularly Leroux as Curt and McGeough as the sweet Sandy). I’m not surprised that Evertt and her cast and crew achieve such an intense and in-depth exploration of terrain that is often uncharted. This is no Pretty Woman, don’t get your hopes high. This is intense drama…”Raul Pacheco, Hummingbird604.com

“The inside of Studio 16 felt like I’d just stepped into a small New York theatre with only about 6 rows of seating, forcing you to feel like you’re practically in the play as well. The intimate setting was perfect for this production, which I decided that I like more than most movies I’ve seen lately. Within the first 15 minutes, Blue Surge had me completely encompassed in the happenings of the actors”
Alicia (aliciafashionista.blogspot.com), Back on the Block

“Lindsay, Rosamond and Pratt all attack their own characters with gusto. Lindsay is perhaps given the least to work with by playwright Gilman, which is a real shame as when she is called upon, she delivers beautifully. Rosamond and Pratt are nice counterpoints to the more serious relationships around them”Mark Robins, GayVancouver.net

Thank you to all who came out to see the show this past week. I appreciate you sharing your opinion with us. I will finish the post with one more highlight from Colin Thomas:

“Twenty-Something Theatre fills an important function in Vancouver’s cultural ecology: it offers edgier scripts, including original works such as Sean Minogue’s Prodigals and, even in its name, attempts to appeal to a younger demographic. Our city needs theatrical entrepreneurs like the company’s artistic director Sabrina Evertt.”

So come on out and support Twenty-Something Theatre and its most recent production of Blue Surge. It will continue to run this week until Sunday, September 5th at Studio 16.

See you at the show!!!

~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blue Surge Production Photos

Last night we opened Blue Surge to a packed house and our first review was just posted so it looks like we're all set for another awesome run! Here are some of the great photos that were taken of the production at dress rehearsal by Emily Cooper:

From L to R: Jeremy Leroux (Curt) and Claire Lindsay (Beth)

From L to R: Tara Pratt (Heather)

From L to R: Jeremy Leroux (Curt) and Tara Pratt (Heather)

From L to R: Jeremy Leroux (Curt) and Megan McGeough (Sandy)

From L to R: Tara Pratt (Heather) and Chris Rosamond (Doug)

Come check us out at Studio 16. Hope to see you all there!!

~Sabrina Evertt
Artistic Producer

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Coffee Talk with Chris Rosamond

Last, but certainly not least in our cast, is Chris Rosamond who plays our long-searched-for “Doug” in Blue Surge. After the all the drama in finding the right actor for this part, we’re grateful that Chris has the guts to take on the nudity and also give heart and humour to the role. Chris and I grabbed a quick break in the parking lot of the rehearsal space a couple of weeks ago for a quick chat.

Hey Chris! So tell me about your “Aha! I want to be an actor” moment.

Uh, you know it was something I always wanted to do when I was young. I was in this sort of musical dance troupe called “The Young Canadians”. We used to do the Grandstand show at the Calgary Stampede. It was great and I loved it. It was really exciting and a lot of fun for me. I did that for a few years and that’s when I kind of knew that I really enjoyed it. But through peer-pressure I just kind of lost it and didn’t have the courage to pursue it. Thankfully I found it again. And I think that I always knew it, I just didn’t have the courage to pursue it.

I know you went to “Circle in the Square” in New York City. What was that like?

You know, it was fantastic. I went later you know, in my thirties, but it was the right time for me. It was a great experience. Honestly, I think every actor should spend time in New York. I feel that that’s where the real work is being done. It’s not so image-based and there’s just really good work being done. It’s the epicentre of it. Creatively, it’s just the place to be because there’s just so much of any medium – not just acting. So yeah, it was incredible. It was the best three years of my life, for sure.

So what was a really memorable performance or show that really stands out to you?

You know, there’s a lot because I was in New York and so I went to shows all the time. The best play I saw was a play called The Journey’s End and it’s an English play about World War I. It had Hugh Dancy, Boyd Gaines, and Jefferson Mays – just an incredible ensemble cast. It was such a moving play – just incredible. It was the best play I’ve seen. But you know performances and stuff I saw, I would say Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon was pretty spectacular. When he does confess to Frost in that last interview I swear to God I could see every pore on his face open. It was pretty, pretty spectacular.

You know another memorable thing, which was really interesting, was I went and saw a play called The Country Girl; a Clifford Odets play with Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand, and Peter Gallagher. And I thought, you know, Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand! They got onstage and they were working away and I was like, “Umm yeah, it’s pretty average,” and then Peter Gallagher cam
e onstage and just blew them away. Blew them away. He had such a stage presence. It was really spectacular to see. Another great one was Liev Schreiber in a revival of Talk Radio, an Eric Bogosian play, where I saw the first day of previews and I could have sworn to God that he had been running that show for six months. It was just so good! I was very fortunate and I tried to go see everything. I saw a lot of good stuff.

Tell me a bit about your character, “Doug”.

I think he’s a guy’s guy. I don’t think he’s incredibly ambitious – quite content with where he is in life. No one really expected much of him. He’s got a decent paying job and a career. He’s just pretty content. I can relate to him. I think he’s simple, but he’s not easy and he’s likeable. So yeah, you know I just did a play not too long ago where I had a similar character. It was Three Days of Rain. The character, “Pip”, you know he wasn’t very ambitious, somewhat successful in his own eyes, content, and simple. It’s refreshing to play those roles, rather than the shamed or deeply emotional. But yeah, he’s a good guy.

Without giving too much away, what is one of your favourite moments in Blue Surge?

I think the third scene in the play, when I come into the office and sort of catch “Curt” chatting up this prostitute and I fanaggle my way in and I have a banter with him. I ride him a little bit about things. I like just how the scene carries on and I start to explain how basically I wanted to see how far I could get with my prostitute, which led to me technically entrapping her. It was well worth it because I could have had anal sex with her and that’s a pretty big deal. It’s pretty funny how open and honest “Doug” is, especially in front of “Beth”. He knows how to push the right buttons, so to speak. There’s no shame. He’s honest to a fault.

Why should people come and see Blue Surge?

Because they can see my #W$% and @#$%. (I laugh).

Cool answer. Anything else?

Nah. (laughs)

Would you have any advice to give to someone who’s made the decision that they want to be an actor?

Audition for everything. Start doing plays, go to class, and just start working. No one’s going to hand anything to you. You just have to create your own opportunities. Start auditioning for everything and learn how to audition.

You can catch Chris, just as nature intended, in Blue Surge tonight and running until September 5th at Studio 16. Tickets may be purchased from Tickets Tonight or by calling the box office at 604.684.2787.

~ Sarah MacKay
Associate Producer

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Coffee Talk with Jeremy Leroux

Another fresh face on the Twenty-Something Theatre scene is Jeremy Leroux, who will be playing "Curt" in Blue Surge (which opens this week, I might add!). Jeremy was most recently seen in Doubt with the North Vancouver Community Players, in which he tackled the controversial role of "Father Flynn". I sat down with Jeremy a couple of weeks ago for a good ol' cup of coffee and chat.

Tell me about a memorable performance that just stands out for you.

I think the most memorable for me would be when I first saw Miss Saigon in Seattle. I loved the production – it was fantastic. A friend bought me tickets and we went down to Seattle to see it. I loved the music and that aspect of things. Everything was top notch. You always find characters where you’re like, “Ooo I’d love to play that one day,” type of thing. So “Chris” in Miss Saigon is on my list.

What has been your favourite role to date?

My favourite role to date was the last one I did, which was “Father Flynn” in Doubt. It was a very big role, one I could really cut my teeth with, and do a lot with. It was also another one of those roles where I watched the movie and saw Philip Seymour Hoffman play it and I was like, “There’s another one of those roles!” For me, that was a total dream come true, being able to play that and I really enjoyed that.

What was your “Aha! I want to be an actor.” moment?

I started off in music, so I started taking voice lessons to better myself in my singing. Through that I was introduced more to musical theatre pieces. I started auditioning for musicals and I just kind of put it out there. It was in 2005 that I did my first show with Pipedream – I did Sweet Charity and I loved it. After that, I did another show with Raving Theatre, it was called Jeffrey. Immediately after that I was like, “I really like doing this!” (laughs) So whether it be musicals or straight plays, I was just kind of hooked from there.

If you were to audition for a musical right now what would be your audition song?

I actually am going to be auditioning for Fighting Chance and I’m going to be doing “Being Alive” and then also, from Miss Saigon, “Why God Why”.

Excellent songs. I love both of those! So what have been some of the highs and lows you’ve experienced as an actor?

I guess I’ve been doing this seriously now for two years so there have been times where I some film and television auditions. My first film and television audition I had, I got because I was a look-alike for the younger version of a character or something like that. And then I totally messed it up. I remember going into the room and I was kind of acting at the director and not towards the camera when I think back. So I’m thinking, yeah they probably only saw the side of me and the reader was probably wondering what the heck I was doing. It’s a live and learn thing. As far as the highs, I mean I would say anytime I get to be onstage. I would also say working on Doubt and it was the biggest role I’d had to date. Everybody at North Vancouver Community Players was really awesome. It was a pretty fantastic experience.

Tell me about your character, “Curt” and can you relate to him or not relate to him?

In some areas I can relate to “Curt”. For me, the hardest part has been relating to the socio-economic background that he comes from because I don’t come from that. I am probably closer to “Beth” in that aspect. I can relate to him trying to do things and trying to help people. For me, I think it’s important that “Curt” doesn’t become the victim of the play. He does act, and he makes mistakes, and he “louses stuff up” to quote some of the other sayings. And that’s what he does and it’s not because he’s not trying to do the best, or what he think is going to be the best, for people. You have to feel for him.

Why do you think people should come and see Blue Surge?

I think it’s a really honest portrayal. It’s very truthful. The writing is great and the fights we have, they are real fights. They’re structured as such. For me, when I want to go see something, oftentimes that is what I find is the most real. For instance, I was just in London and I saw Billy Elliot and I saw a couple of other plays. Billy Elliot really stood out to me as being really awesome because of the fact that it had so much heart and it was so real. That’s why I go to theatre and what I want to see. I want it to be real and I want it to touch me. For Blue Surge I hope it touches a lot of people.

Without giving too much away, what is one of your favourite moments in Blue Surge?

(Laughs). Umm, well the work they’ve done on the second scene, that I’m not in but I’ve gotten to see, I think it’s pretty awesome. I think they’ve just done a really great job with it. Chris and Tara have done awesome. It’s one of my favourite scenes in the play, for sure. For me, I mean a good fight’s always good and I have a few of those. I mean it’s always kind of fun to get into it with someone and to have that level of trust with someone that you can really go at it. I really enjoy that, when you get lost in it. That’s what I hope to do throughout the whole thing.

What advice would you have for someone just starting out as an actor?

I think it’s important to realize that even if they’re just starting out that it really is just a start. I mean I just finished my six month program and that was what I realized. It’s just a start and it keeps going. I’ve said it to a few people, and people have said it to me. I don’t know why actors think they’re going to be good after just a year or two years. It takes ten years to get good at anything else. You have to keep the training up. You have to keep working on it. Do it because you love doing it, because there’s no other reason to do it! (We both laugh) In a nutshell, it’s a lot of work that you put into it, but there’s so much that you can get out of it. It doesn’t end after your first class or school. It keeps going so keep working at it and keep plugging away. It not always easy but it’s always, in my opinion, worth it.

You can catch Jeremy this week in Blue Surge, which runs from August 24th - September 5th at Studio 16. Tickets may be purchased from Tickets Tonight or by calling the box office at 604.684.2787.

~ Sarah MacKay
Associate Producer

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blue Surge Rehearsal Photos

With previews beginning just days away and Opening Night in less than a week (yayyyyyyy!!!!) here's a behind-the-scenes-look at some photos at a recent rehearsal.

Our lovely stage manager, Breanne.

Nutritious rehearsal fare.

Jeremy and Chris as "Curt" and "Doug" in Act I, Sc. iii

Our fabulous director, Sabrina, giving notes to the actors.

Jeremy and Megan as "Curt" and "Sandy" in Act II, Sc. i

Claire and Jeremy having a laugh.

Tara and Chris as "Heather" and "Doug" in Act II, Sc ii.

Capturing the process of Blue Surge.

You can catch Blue Surge starting next week and running from August 24th - September 5th at Studio 16. Tickets may be purchased from Tickets Tonight or by calling the box office at 604-684-2787.

~Sarah MacKay
Associate Producer

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Coffee Talk with Claire Lindsay

It’s a gorgeous, sunny afternoon in Vancouver – the kind of day that reminds you why it’s so great to live here – and Claire and I soak it in as we chat outside the Gallery Café. She’s just come from giving blood and lunch with a friend so she happily sips on water while I slosh down what is, at least, my third or fourth cup of coffee that day and not-so-daintily eat my Cobb salad. Claire was most recently seen in The Vertical Hour with United Players. This month, she will be making her Twenty-Something Theatre debut, giving heart and poise to “Beth” in Blue Surge.

Claire, tell me about a really memorable performance you saw once.

You know what? The one that really stands out in my mind is Nevermore, which came through here, I believe, as part of the PuSh Festival. I saw it at the Arts Club Granville Island Revue Stage, and it was done by an Edmonton-based company. It was an amazing, amazing show! I was totally struck by the costume design, which totally informed the characters. There were clowning aspects, and it was a very physical performance, but it was still really rooted in something that was real. I really enjoyed that. And it was also just really macabre. It was about the life and death of Edgar Allen Poe. And it was a musical. They had an amazing cast – really talented people. Amazing voices! Every single element just came together and culminated in this brilliant overall performance. There was no question, it was halfway through and I was already like, “Oh I’m totally standing up for this!” Halfway through the performance I knew I was going to give them a standing ovation. It was amazing.

What’s your “Aha! I want to be an actress” story?

Oh geez, well I don’t know if it was really an “Aha!” moment. When I was a kid I would act out my own little soap operas in my living room when I didn’t think anyone else was home. My dad caught me one time. I was at my front door, dramatically saying goodbye to a lover, or something, who had left me with a baby. I was probably ten or eleven at the time. And um, (giggles) my dad walked in on me and I didn’t know he was there. I closed the front door very dramatically and started sobbing into my hands and he started clapping, and I was mortified! But at that moment he said to me, “You know, you should consider taking Drama when you go into high school.” And that kind of just stuck with me. So when I went to high school, Grade 8, I was super nervous and very shy when I wasn’t surrounded by my living room; and so I decided to just take a chance and try Drama. I really, really enjoyed it. But it wasn’t until we moved to the Okanagan that I had a really amazing drama teacher. In Grade 8, I knew that I liked it but I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to continue. But in Grade 9, when we moved to the Okanagan, John Hibberson was my acting teacher out there. He really just made it a very safe environment for everybody to play, explore, and take risks and chances, which I’d never done before. It was something completely new. So all through high school that’s when the passion started. It was with Hib – we affectionately call him “Hib” – and his classes. When I was done high school, I took a year of just general arts at Okanagan University College and I kind of just had the idea that I would probably go to UVic for theatre school because it was kind of the only thing I had a passion for. Everything else I really liked but I couldn’t see myself actually working or making a living in those other areas. So it was more like I didn’t feel like I was good enough or passionate enough about anything else (laughs).

What have been some of the highs and lows you’ve experienced over the years as an actor?

Well I think some of the highs have definitely been the people that I’ve met doing different jobs and through school. I didn’t actually end up going to UVic. When I was at Malaspina, which is now Vancouver Island University – which sounds much more fabulous – and when I was at the CCPA I just met a ton of really inspiring, fabulous, fun people. When I worked in Barkerville, I was just thankful everyday that I was an actor. It was just really lovely up there, to be able to interact with tourists and be in such an amazing, beautiful place. I met some of my best friends up there. So that’s definitely a highlight, as well as doing The Vertical Hour, which was last fall. That was an amazing role. The director, she was brilliant and lovely to work with. She didn’t let me get away with anything. She pushed me and I really enjoyed that. The other cast members were amazing as well. Graham and Daniel were wonderful to work with. For the lows, I think it’s honestly the constant struggle and often frustration of trying to find consistent work. For theatre, what frustrates me the most is not that you might audition for something and not get it – that’s not what frustrates me. What really bothers me is that many times it’s hard to even get an audition. You can’t even be seen, you know? I find that very frustrating because I feel like, well how is anyone ever supposed to do anything if you can’t even get in the room to see people? That’s just a frustrating aspect of acting in general.

Getting to Blue Surge now, tell me about Beth and can you relate to her, not relate to her, what’s she like?

It’s funny actually, and I was talking to Jeremy about this, I can actually REALLY relate to Beth (laughs). My parents are definitely not rich and I didn’t come from that background, but my parents did a lot for me and sacrificed a lot for me. So I didn’t feel the “want” when I was a kid. I was always very happy and had a great childhood. As far as Beth’s relationship with Curt, I really have found a huge reflection of that in my own life. Blue Surge is very much about classes, and different classes within society. I don’t know if my experience had so much to do with that, but I think it was definitely a part of it, and I can really understand Beth’s struggle to want great things for the person that she loves. For that person to not recognize or maybe to not want those things for themself, I really relate to that with her character.

Would you be friends with her?

Absolutely! She’s an artist, but she’s still grounded and has her head on her shoulders. She’s got vision. So yeah, totally.

Why should people come out to see Blue Surge?

People should come out because it’s an independent company in Vancouver that has consistently put on good work. I have been wanting to work with Twenty-Something Theatre for a while because Sabrina has been putting on some really great shows and I’m really excited to do this. I think people should support local, and independent, smaller companies. I also think that Blue Surge is going to be a really great show. I like the ending. Without giving anything away, it’s very real play.

What’s some advice you would have for young actors looking to break out?

(Laughs) Everybody that I’ve always heard that’s been asked that question has been like, “Don’t do it!” (I laugh!) But I’m not going to say that! I’m not going to say that. I’m going to say, get some really good training. Don’t just take workshops. Go to a school. Go to National. Go to UofA. Go to UBC. Go to UVic. Go to Studio. Get some training under your belt. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your thirties, just go to school and get that solid foundation of training. It will enhance your natural talents and it will also give you that business sense as well. It gives you an idea of putting an entire show together and what’s involved, and I think that’s really important. As far as being an actor, I don’t think anyone can just be an actor, I think you need to understand all the other aspects of theatre as well – same with film and tv – and what it takes to put it all together as a whole.

You can catch Claire as “Beth” in the upcoming Blue Surge at Studio 16 from August 24 – September 5. Tickets may be purchased from Tickets Tonight or by calling the box office at 604.684.2787.

~ Sarah MacKay
Associate Producer

Friday, August 6, 2010

Coffee Talk II with Tara Pratt

Tara is a now Twenty-Something Theatre veteran, having performed in Prodigals and last summer's Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. We last heard from Tara during her Prodigals coffee chat back in April. We're delighted she's gracing the stage with us once again this summer, and breathing laughter and life into the role of "Heather".

So tell me about a favourite show that you’ve either been in or just loved as an audience member.

Oh my gosh. You know what? It’s so hard! I have such a terrible memory. I just went to see Hair and actually I was pretty impressed because generally I’m not a fan of musicals. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t really like musicals. And I’m kind of a capitalist-bureaucrat pig, so I’m like “Oh great, I’m going to see a musical about hippies.” But actually I really, really enjoyed myself! I was kind of a convert after it happened. It was really, really good.

Umm, I’m trying to think of other productions. There was one ages ago that I saw back in Edmonton by Daniel MacIvor; it was called “In On It”. It was a two-hander – just him and another fellow. I think what made it really great was that they changed roles; so at one point they were the “gay couple”, at one point they were “father/son”, at one point they were “hetero” and they basically stood on either side of the stage, but their characterization made the scenes come alive. There was a really great synchronization with sounds cues as well. There was no set – very sparse, and no costumes. Nothing. But this two-hander came alive with their characterization and the sound cues. It was just amazing. I really, really enjoyed that. And that was YEARS ago so if that’s still in my head, that says something because I can barely remember yesterday!

What have been some of the highs and lows you’ve experienced as an actor over the years.

The lows that have come aren’t from my interactions with people. If anything, those are the highs. It’s not like I’ve ever had to deal with any really difficult people. It’s more trying to get to a place emotionally to serve a character who’s emotionally troubled. Like, for example, playing “Ophelia”. Having to do a run of this character for two weeks, I don’t want to do the whole “Oh-my-God-I’m-so-in-character-so-I-was-miserable-for-two-weeks”. That’s so superficial. I don’t think that way. But on a subconscious level I think what we have to do does affect us that way, in ways we don’t understand until we’re going through it. So I think when I’ve done shows – when I did Human Remains with Twenty-Something this time last year – that was another show that kind of got me because it was emotionally troubling. I played a lesbian character that was in love with this woman and it was an unrequited love because she maybe had homosexual feelings but wasn’t admitting them. I was in love with her and she wasn’t returning that love, and that’s how I spent the play. That’s where I got for two weeks. I would get onstage. I would do this, and then I’d get home and I felt normal but something still hung on. So that would be a low part, I guess, for me – the feeling of being emotionally worn out, abused, and walked on. And all because of your fake life! Which makes me sound like a flake! (laughs) But in a way those are the highs too because you go through the whole gamut of human emotions and that’s why we do it. That’s why we love it. I want to feel awful and shitty because then I’ll appreciate how it feels to feel great. When I feel emotionally shitty onstage, I will feel so great when the applause comes, and when the reviews come in saying we did a good job because we were so invested. It kind of all ties in. The lows are the highs, in a way.

You’ve now done a few shows with Twenty-Something Theatre. You’re a bit of a veteran. What have you noticed or how has the company itself evolved since you’ve been involved?

I’m going to start off by maybe saying something that would sound awful. I don’t know that I’ve seen evolution much, but only because when I first became involved with Twenty-Something Theatre it seems a while ago but it was really only a year ago. I was so impressed with how business-minded Sabrina is, and organized! She’s like an iceberg. By that I mean I only see about ten percent of what she’s actually doing. And even just seeing that ten percent, I was so impressed! She knows what she’s doing and what she has to do to get the show out there and to make it successful. She knew it back then and she still knows it today. In terms of evolution, I mean she probably has gotten more tricks up her sleeve as the years have gone by but I’ve always just seen a steady, high level of excellence from the company. We did Prodigals a few months ago and it was the exact same thing. I don’t have to worry about a thing. If I’m like, “Hey Sabrina, can I have a couple of comps to a certain show?” She’s on it. She has everything under control.

So getting to Blue Surge now, tell us about your character, “Heather”.

I like her. I can relate to her. She knows how to take care of herself and what she has to do. Through her I’m hopefully kind of discovering my own kind of ballsy-ness. She’s not cold and she’s not totally a hard-ass either. She has a few lines in there which indicate to me that she really does care about people. She winds up pregnant, and the fact she’s willing to do that shows she has some love and consideration for other people. When she hears Sandy being so insulted by Curt, she reacts to that with a big “Hey!” and that indicates to me that she feels concern for Sandy and she wants to stick up for her. Yeah, she’s a partier and a tough girl, but she’s not without sensitivity. Yeah, I like her. Would I completely emulate her in real life? No. She takes care of herself in such a way that she will screw other people and I’m not like that. I’ll take care of myself but I’ll make sure others are taken care of too.

How do you get into her head space?

It’s mostly body. I’m pretty comfortable in my body, but she’s ultra-comfortable in her's. So when we start rehearsal it’s trying to present myself in a different way and I find that starts informing how I speak. I’m standing in front of a naked man and I’m just like “whatever.” I think there’s a part of everyone that wants to go “fuck it all”, but we don’t. So having the excuse to drop the whole, “Oh is everyone else okay?” deal and just be out for yourself is a great exercise.

Why should people come see Blue Surge?

I’m discovering through rehearsals that it would be easy to write it off just as a dark, hopeless, morbid tale about prostitution. But I think, from seeing the rehearsals, that there are actually many more moments of comedy. Reading it, you see that it’s there. But actually seeing it up and what the actors bring to the characters, you can really see how subtle it is and how they’re bringing it out. You get those moments of happiness to not lead you down this dark path. You get enough range of happiness, sadness, and reality.

You can catch Tara as "Heather" later this month in Blue Surge. Performances run from August 24 - September 5 at Studio 16 at 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased from Tickets Tonight or by calling the box office at 604-684-2787.

~ Sarah MacKay
Associate Producer

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Coffee Talk with Megan McGeough

Megan is not only new to Twenty-Something Theatre, she’s new to the Vancouver theatre scene as well. About to enter her third year at UBC, Megan was last seen performing in the Bridge Mix Festival. She’s now tackling the complex role of “Sandy” in the upcoming production of Blue Surge.

Hey Megan! So what coffee are you drinking there?

Uh, it’s actually not coffee it’s chai tea latte. (grins)

Mmmm yum! So tell me about a movie or play that was really memorable for you.

Well I saw Glengarry Glen Ross a few days ago. I saw it on Opening Night and I was really, really stoked to see it on Opening Night. Yeah, I really enjoyed it! As far as theatre goes, honestly I’m not the biggest theatre buff – I’m a huge movie buff. I seem to know everything about movies and not enough about theatre, which is not good. I need to know more about theatre! (laughs) Favourite shows? Hmm, probably The Wizard of Oz. I saw a production of that when I was in elementary school and I was like, “Oh my God I love this so much!” I really liked the girl who played “Dorothy” and thought it was amazing and was like, “Yup, I want to do that.”

Did seeing that then inspire a love of the arts, film and theatre?

I was always involved in productions in elementary school and high school as well. I don’t remember a specific time when I decided that I always wanted to do this; it was like I always knew. I always used to dress up and write out plays with my sister and perform them.

Oh cool! And who would you be performing for?

Family members mostly, those who were interested. They’d be like, “Oh yeah, good job!”

You’re studying English Lit and Film Studies at UBC. Tell us a bit about that.

I just decided my major recently and am going to focus on Film Studies. I love films! All I really want to do is act to be honest. But I really want to study it to learn more about it and hopefully that will help me in some aspects. I could always get into production as well. I just remember watching films and being like, “Oh cool, you can do that – discuss films and get marked on it?”

How do you relate or not relate to your character “Sandy”?

She’s very much still a child/teenager. She has these moments where she’s very naïve, or insecure, or just really girlie. There are other times when she’s very hard-edged, which is harder for me to connect to, but I can see how she’s like that. It’s interesting to think about because I feel I’m very conservative in a lot of ways, or that I can come off like that. In other ways I’m a lot about having a good time and partying, and I can see that in her. There’s a bit of a teenage-rebellious side and how she is with her mom.

Do you empathize with her?

Yeah I do. It’s sometimes hard for me to really relate to her though. I’ve been very lucky to have had such a great family. And she hasn’t had anything. She talks about high school and she remembers it – being only fresh out of high school herself. I feel like that was her only fun time. Even though she talks about times that weren’t that great, like not having much money like the other girls and how she felt cheap when she went to her prom because she didn’t have a nice dress – it makes me think about the “why” for her.

What’s it been like to tackle this role and be a part of this production?

Well I’ve really liked working with people who have all this experience! The other actors and Sabrina – everyone’s done lots of shows and is really professional. I haven’t really been in lots of shows before, and nothing like this. I did the Bridge Mix Festival recently and I was a prostitute in that as well. Yes, more hookers. My friends were like, “A hooker again? Really?” (laughs) Sabrina really knows what she wants and she’s very composed when she’s directing. She’s like, “Okay now try this, or try this.” All the other actors have lots of experience. Jeremy’s older than me and has lots. It’s cool because I’ve never been in a show quite like this before.

Why should people come and see Blue Surge?

Nudity! (laughs) People should come and see it because it’s very honest. The parts with me and Curt are brutally honest, sometimes harsh, and there are awkward moments. There’s a lot of tension sometimes too. It’s really well written and you can feel that when you’re performing it. But really, it’s just very honest and that’s why people should come.

You can catch Megan in Blue Surge later this month at Studio 16. Performances run from August 24 – September 5 at 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased from Tickets Tonight or by calling the box office at 604-684-2787.

~ Sarah MacKay
Associate Producer