CAST AND CREW INTERVIEWS
Throughout the project, many aspects have been documented through video interviews over zoom. Below are some of the questions answered by the cast, as well as links to the full videos.
WHAT IS THE SHOW ABOUT?
"To me, this show is about art. Creativity. Resilience. We had this discussion in one of our rehearsals, and I summed up the project in one phrase: 'art finds a way'. Yes, it's a corny rip-off of a Jurassic Park Goldblum quote, but I really thought that it described the project perfectly. At the beginning of the pandemic, the future of performing arts was really doubtful. After all, how can art thrive when you can't have audiences there to witness it? But I think this project is a testament to the adaptability and ingenuity of artists." Graydon Eskowich
"Ultimately, I think this show is about expressing one's identity in the face of adversity. I think this play demonstrates how we can effect change in the world just as easily as the world can effect change in us" Kaydence Banga
HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE OF FILMING IN A PANDEMIC?
"Just what one would expect from working at Theatre department normally: chaotic, stressful, fun, and full of many new experiences. I suppose the isolation and loneliness felt like a blessing and a curse; a blessing in that I like working alone, and a curse in that I do enjoy discussing things outside of work with my fellow professionals." Finn Burke
"I think the most heartbreaking thing is that we don't get the kind of cast and crew camaraderie in the same way, but I still felt very supported by my fellow students, the creative team, and it was a wonderful opportunity to try different fields I wouldn't normally do in a production" Tianna Chorney
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE PROCESS?
"For me it was the writing. I am an actor who relies on a script and so getting my ideas onto paper was difficult in figuring out the best way to tell my character's story" Bronwen Bente
"Setting up an entire film set within the confines of an 8x8 foot room in an unfinished basement was not an easy task, especially since we were working with limited props and lighting, and only had one shot at filming before we had to return said props and lighting. It was a long and gruelling process to get the whole monologue filmed, and took me in excess of 10 hours total. That being said, it was an experience that is now invaluable to me. Knowing the pressures and difficulties of filming on a strict time frame and with limited help is something that will serve me well in this field of study for years to come." Graydon Eskowich
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROCESS?
"My favourite part was the end of the writing process and I got to hear everyone's monologue, including my own, and hear where it came from and at the end it was great to hear the progression of everyone's final piece" Billie Liskowich
"My favourite part was getting my costume and my set, and trying on my costume for the first time, because there is something special about seeing something you planned finally come together and then get to perform it. It made things very exciting" Ashlin Turcotte
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Read the following interview written by University Advancement and Communications
Posted: November 26, 2020