Here we go! Another show booked! I feel incredibly blessed that I have been able to go from one show to the next without any big time gap in between for a whole year now. It is so great that I get to keep my acting muscles moving!
Having performed in existing and quite well-known shows up until now, I am looking forward to be part of an original piece. WEGO, written by Adam Neal, got selected to participate in the summer edition of The New York Theater Festival, taking place at the spacious Hudson Guild Theatre. I got cast to play the part of "Dr. Luanne White," a non-traditional psychotherapist that helps a 17 year-old boy deal with a near-death experience.
I didn't get to read the script until after I was cast at our first read-through, which was a big leap of faith looking back on it. However, after reading the play, I found there to be a challenge in playing "Dr. Lu" and I experienced a lovely chemistry with my cast members who were all excited to be part of the show.
As "Dr. Lu," I am seen in therapy sessions with the traumatized boy, his father and a rather mysterious person who plays a key role in helping the young boy move passed his trauma. “Dr. Lu,” too, undergoes an extreme transformation herself, unlike any other character change I have every performed on stage. I am thrilled that this play is offering me an opportunity to do something that is slightly out of my comfort zone.
I consider myself lucky when I get to expand and build on my skill set as a performing artist during the rehearsal period and run of a show. I like (and need!) to evolve as an actor and the only way for me to do that is to take on parts in shows that I feel that have something new to challenge me with, no matter how small that challenge may be. Refinement of this craft is in the details.
WEGO opens on August 9th at 6.15pm, with two more performances on Saturday August 13th at 8.30pm and Sunday August 14th at 1pm.