Spell, the play I'm currently in, has three more performances, tomorrow the 20th at 8pm, Sat. the 23rd at 4pm and Sun. the 24th at 8pm at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 575 Metropolitan Avenue. It's directed by Ian W. Hill and assisted by Berit Johnson of GeminiCollisonWorks. It's about an American woman named Ann, played by the fantastic Moira Stone, who has committed an act of terrorism. Or is it an act of patriotism? Is violence ever justified and if so, when? The question my character is most interested in as her interrogator is, however, why? Why did she do it?
In the week after 9/11, I think it was Newsweek, or maybe Time had a cover story titled "Why Do They Hate Us?" My initial reaction was, "Who cares what the reasons are? What could justify such a terrible and destructive act of violence? Just find out who did it and make sure it doesn't happen again." It's been useful in the rehearsal process to remember that feeling, because it was a feeling based on emotion, not an intellectual response. My character, however, has the responsibility to sublimate her emotions and use her intellect and training to get the truth. For more information about the show and the two other GeminiCollisonWork productions running in rep with Spell, check out Ian's blog http://collisonwork.livejournal.com.
I've seen both shows, Harry In Love and Everything Must Go and highly recommend both.