Greta Gerwig on Sondheim Geekdom & Baring It All in The Village Bike

first_img Congrats on making your professional theater debut—why was The Village Bike the play for you? I really love and respect [director] Sam Gold—well, now I love him. Before, I was just a fan. He’s singlehandedly brought me my favorite theater experiences as an audience member. The Annie Baker plays [Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick] were hugely important for me, and Fun Home destroyed me for a week. So I felt like I would give my eye teeth to work with him. Then when I started reading the play, it sounds ridiculous to say this, but I knew two pages in that it was really good. Instantly, I could hear it in my head. Well, what about now? Yeah, I’m gonna force someone to dream up some musical for me. [Laughs.] If it was the right musical and I felt like I wasn’t going to do a disservice to it, I would love to do one. But if the right thing never happens, I’m just happy to see them. Your character Becky has a lot of pent-up sexuality. What is it like to unleash this side of yourself in front of an audience? I started wearing a nightie in rehearsal very early, because I knew that I would have a degree of embarrassment about my body and that I had to get over it. I got used to all of the actors seeing me like that, and then the set designers came and the producers came for run-throughs. I wanted to ease myself into feeling comfort with the high degree of emotional exposure but also physical, sexual exposure. For me, it’s terrifying but it also feels like it has its own reckless momentum, and in the second act, there’s a current that I can get into where it almost feels cathartic. What kind of chocolate? If I tell you about it, I’m worried I’m going to make an addict out of you, and it’s expensive. I’ve made the entire cast addicts. It’s called Fine & Raw chocolate and it’s made in Brooklyn, and I like their cacao and coconut bars. I can’t even explain it, it’s like fudge, it’s like butter, it’s so good…but they’re $7 a bar. So we were all joking that our entire paychecks are going to our chocolate addiction. View Comments You initially wanted to major in musical theater in college. Were you a fan of musicals growing up? I didn’t grow up with television, but I could rent VHS tapes from the library. I would watch Gene Kelly musicals and The King and I and Oklahoma! I just love musicals, and I’m a huge Sondheim nerd. The documentary of the cast recording of Company is one of my favorite things ever made. And I was into Floyd Collins and Parade when I was in high school. But the truth is I never had a great enough voice to really go for it, and my mom wasn’t super excited about me pursuing a full-time musical theater career. She wanted me to get a liberal arts education and maybe have the potential to be a lawyer one day. So I gave up my NYU and musical theater dream. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014 I’m so sad about How I Met Your Dad not getting picked up. The saddest part about it for me is I loved the people I was making it with—Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas], who made How I Met Your Mother and Emily Spivey, who was creating this new show with them. I loved the process of both acting in it but also sitting in the writers’ room and pitching jokes—it made me feel like I was an old-timey joke writer on a Sid Caesar show. I’m bummed out that we can’t have the experience of doing it, but at the same time, you have so little control over these things. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be, and if it’s not, it’s not. I think that what gives me the right to call myself a show person, which is all I’ve ever really wanted to call myself.center_img With her delightful ability to be equal parts awkward and charming on screen, Greta Gerwig has taken the indie film world by storm with her stellar performances in Frances Ha, Greenberg and Lola Versus. Aside from school shows, the world premiere of Penelope Skinner’s humorous and haunting new play The Village Bike is the first time the actress/writer/filmmaker has appeared on stage, but Gerwig insists that she’s no theater newbie. Below, the lifelong theater fan chatted with about her Sondheim obsession, the unfortunate demise of How I Met Your Dad and getting comfortable enough to strip down emotionally and physically in the new MCC Theater production of The Village Bike. See Greta Gerwig in The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. You go on a wild ride—how do you unwind after the show? Well, we have a lot of whiskey in the dressing room. [Laughs.] And I have this kind of chocolate I like, so I take off my [prop] wedding ring, I have a shot of whiskey and I eat some chocolate and then I’m ready to go out into the world. Related Shows The Village Bike Do you have a musical theater dream role? Well, I wish I sounded just like Audra McDonald. And this sounds like I’m being tongue-and-cheek, but anything Elaine Stritch played, I could maybe have a shot at doing OK with, because there’s something about her and the way she is that I always felt connected to. That could maybe work out for me. The Sondheim women are the parts that I would love to play. They’re just so complex and not cliché. They’re so dark and spiky and complicated. They make mistakes and they sing about them. That’s what I would wanna do.last_img read more

Rainforest community shows off the best of FNQ

first_imgKuranda in Far North Queensland.MOST Far Northerners have at some stage enjoyed the eclectic markets or beauty of Barron Falls, but only Kuranda residents can fully appreciate the famous and unique tourist town for all its qualities. Large and affordable lifestyle properties in the midst of rainforest are too good to ignore for the locals, many of whom still commute down the range to work in Cairns each day.But Carol Doyle enjoys maximum Kuranda-time while saving on fuel by running an online international education college from her home on Hilltop Cl, just outside the town centre. “When you get up in the morning and look outside at the beautiful view, it really motivates you for the rest of the day,” she said. “I often send pictures to my students saying ‘look, this is my classroom’.” Ms Doyle spent several years living on the Northern Beaches before being lured up the range by the prospect of a tranquil semirural lifestyle. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoShe hasn’t looked back since.“It’s very peaceful being here among the birds, frogs, snakes and spiders,” Ms Doyle said. “My partner and I don’t intend to make any changes, you can live and work in an idyllic setting, as long as you have good internet.” According to CoreLogic, 52 houses were sold at Kuranda during the 12 months to January this year. The average selling price for houses during this period was $410,000, compared to $375,000 in 2006. Kuranda Real Estate principal Steve Dominikovic, an industry veteran of more than 30 years, knows the community’s property scene inside out and believes the housing market is on the up.“There is more demand than supply at the moment … there hasn’t been new land developments for quite some time,” he said. “The demand is driven by the lifestyle – people come here for the cooler climate among other things.“Up here you can get a five-acre block in the mid to high $200,000s, which for the same price in Cairns would get you something far smaller.”last_img read more

Rotary Club of Demerara Off-Road Rally gaining traction

first_imgWITH over 30 registered participants so far, the Rotary Club of Demerara’s Inaugural Off-Road Rally is set to take place next weekend on the Linden/Soesdyke highway.According to the president, Hansraj Singh, there are over 30 confirmed participants (offroad vehicles and bikes) that will traverse four terrains over the space of the October 5 event, which will begin at 08:00hts and conclude at 15:00hrs.Singh disclosed at the event’s launch on Friday in Georgetown that committee members brought up the idea as part of a venture to raise funds. “There is a lot of interest right now in Guyana with all these people having Off-Road vehicles, bikes and ATVs and not having a coordinated activity to participate in other than visiting those hinterland communities and (participating in) the safari,” he added, explaining the birth of the idea. The event will encompass trails in the Kuru Kururu, Marudi and the Soesdyke/Linden Highway areas.Beharry Automotive Limited has entered two fully off-road vehicles for the event.Rotarian Lancelot Khan outlined the four routes, saying “They will take you towards the South Dakota Circuit, Linden Town then aback of Dora, slightly close to the Pakuri trail that leads to the Pakuri Village. Each one of these routes is accessible just off the Soesdyke/ Linden Highway.”Khan explained that the winners would be judged on how quickly they traverse the routes, adding that of the four trails, they have devised four ranges of tests with a section ranging from those that can see car competition, to those that are only traversable with fully off-road vehicles.The team reminded that strict adherence will be paid to speed limits for those trails that encompass road passages.The other Rotarian at the head table during the launch, Bhageshwar Murli, contended that there will be a full medical team at the start line should any mishaps occur.He stated that there are also live monitoring of all competitors and of course roving response vehicles that will rescue any teams that may have issues during the rally.Murli reminded that, “The event is one where we want you to bring out your family and have a great day.” Persons desirous of registering can do so via the Rotary Club of Demerara or the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s office.last_img read more