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Brilliant Traces

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Mary Catherine Wilson
May 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Producer, Actor, Costumer.

What is your show about?
Two strangers crash into each other in a remote cabin in Alaska during a blizzard, and find they just might be the answer to each others lives.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I came out of the womb theatrical. I remember watching Doctor Who at age 5 (The Tom Baker years) and wanting to be an actor so I could scream and run from Daleks, Cybermen and all sorts of creepy scenarios. My cousins and I were always putting on dance shows in my Grandmother's living room, and I studied Ballet from age 4-23 and wanted to dance onstage. I auditioned for acting classes when I was young and did shows in the malls (cause it was the 1980's folks and if it was good enough for Tiffany it was good enough for me).

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
takes place in an Alaskan cabin during a massive blizzard. My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that stars the amazing Michael Selkirk and brings together this unique crew of talented women: Lori Kee, Cassie Dorland, Lindsey Ford, Jasmine Nicole and Mary Wilson (me).

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
I love every moment of this show, but there are a few moments where the two characters Henry and Rosannah are just like magnets and no matter how hard they are fighting, they are drawn to each other and lock-in. The last moments of the show are the most emotional and the two characters literally crash into each other and as an actor it both scares me to death and thrills me beyond compare. (I can't wait to do it!)

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
Cupid would love this show, because Cupid loves the struggle between two people that are destined to be together. I think he gets his rocks off that way...watching the dangerous and often ridiculous dance of two.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would find a permanent home in New York City for my fledgling production company "Winter House Productions". I would produce every play that moves me (whether I am acting in it or not) and hire dedicated artists and pay them a living wage!