As I understand it, Medicine Ball is a vehicle for artists of different mediums to collaborate and faceoff in semi-friendly competition. Which is sort of comparing apples to oranges. Which is totally valid, in my opinion. One should definitely be allowed to prefer apples over oranges. Or vice versa if necessary.
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
After a hefty amount of time away (it feels like), I cannot wait to get back on stage and collaborate with this stellar batch of artists…from all walks. I couldn’t possibly choose sides, though. Should that be allowed? I am the unbiased conduit via which channel the poet’s art and the playwright’s art and the artist’s art will be presented to the world. That, and at the time of this writing I have yet to read the scripts.
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
Putting a show up so quickly will be a challenge under any circumstances. Having the parameters of artistic creation—subject matter, medium, artistic team—mixed at random and set to bake with no idea what it will taste like is pretty exhilarating, too. I have also never performed poetry, so that will be a new adventure.
I’m a wine gal, myself. But cheap wine…?
This edition of Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets tackles the theme of (D)Constructing Seattle. What is one aspects of living in Seattle that you either love or hate – and why?
Seattle is me…um…personified. Just kidding—urbanified. I have never lived in a place that suits my personality so well. If only I didn’t have to move to Wyoming or somewhere where I can afford the rent.
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
Art. Or new thoughts. There’s no way to know specifically what will be produced by this endeavor. But I hope it makes people form opinions. And not just about the quality of the art, although that is good too, but about other things that will matter in their lives outside the theatre. That is why art matters for art’s sake—because it can do that.
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a writer, actor, or visual artist?
My aesthetic is developing but I am a naturalist, I think, on stage. I’ve been told I need to take more risks and allow my acting to be heightened. And it’s true, I should always take more risks. It’s true, theatre can be a portrait of life enhanced. But it is important to me to explore the world as it is. Perhaps because it’s scary to do that off the stage.
Maren is an actor/musician and Seattle-ite at heart. After chasing an education across the globe she is thrilled to be settled here in such a vibrant artistic community. Recent credits on and off the stage include Six Characters in Search of an Author (Seattle Theatre Works), Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter (STAGEright), Summer Ain’t Over, Don’t Put Away Your Shorts (Studio4Seattle), and Ruth and the Sea (Pacific Play Company). She is a founding member of Studio4Seattle.
Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets plays February 5 – 6 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill. Friday performance is at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30 pm. and 10:00 pm. Tickets are available here: http://seattletheatreworks.org/