Being a playwright, I felt it was only appropriate to interview a fellow theatre artist for this first installment, so on May 26th, 2013, I interviewed Angela Santillo about her solo show, The Unfelt Wonder, which will be performing at the Dixon Place Lounge on June 4th.
Throughout the course of her interview, we discussed the business of theater, her passion and struggles for being a theatre artist and the transformation of her solo show.
Angela performing a monologue from The Unfelt Wonder
Angela's insights on creating art and persevering in the theatre arts are inspiring and thought provoking. It is my hope that fellow theatre artists can relate to what she says and that people outside the field are able to get a deeper insight into this career. So...without further ado...:
Angela Santillo is a New York based playwright and actress. Her plays have been workshopped and performed at Dixon Place, Pan Asian Rep, Abingdon Theater, The Nightborn, Communal Spaces, foolsFURY Theater, Play on Words Productions, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Sarah Lawrence College and Saint Mary’s College. Her play Sera (dir. Rebecca Engle, Saint Mary’s College) was a national finalist for the 2010 David Mark Cohen Award and was also given a Distinguished Achievement Award in Playwriting by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival. A lover of devised and ensemble created work, writing collaborations include: Oh, the MOON! with choreographer CatherineMarie Davalos, Love in a Heat Death Universe with Benjamin Stuber, Aftermath, Maine co-created and performed with Jeanette Plourde. Recent acting credits include: Sheila Callaghan’s Port Out, Starboard Home (world premiere, foolsFURY Theater at ZSpace and LaMama), Know How (film, The Possibility Project) andUnfelt Wonder (solo show, Pan Asian Rep's New Works Festival). BA: Saint Mary’s College. MFA: Sarah Lawrence College, recipient of the Lipkin Playwriting Award.
The Unfelt Wonder
The doctors are talking, the public is debating and The Unfelt Wonder still wears big black gloves. A twisted dark comedy performed by one, The Unfelt Wonder follows one woman’s attempt to escape the lifelong scientific experiment that has denied her physical contact with objects, people and herself.