Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spotlight On...Karina Casiano

Name: Karina Casiano

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Education: University of Puerto Rico, Drama Department

Favorite Credits: My shows, and the film and TV gigs.

Why theater?: I just wanted to be an actress when I entered college. I didn't know or had seen much theater. I got sucked into the magic.

Tell us about Womankind?: It's a play in verse with original songs about the destructive effects of sexual inequality on women. It includes several different movement styles, including modern, aerial and pole dancing. I want to spark the urge to become absolutely intolerant to sexual discrimination and to take concrete action to eradicate it once and for all. It tells the story of a bitter old lady who, during the last day of her life looks back at the way her life has been negatively affected by being a woman.

What inspired you to create Womankind?: The constant harassment and discrimination that we women face and the way it is accepted as normal, funny and even desirable in every society.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I like theater where magic happens, which has a point of view and which displays artistic virtuosity. I am inspired by the combination of talent and rigor. Steven Colbert inspires me.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Alfonso Cuarón. Call me already, güey!

What show have you recommended to your friends?:
I remember recommending "Traces" by Seven Fingers when I first saw it.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I don't even want to think what lame movie Hollywood would make about me.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: TV

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: I do not like iTunes. I listen to music depending on my mood. All kinds. I'm listening to a mix of Ismael Rivera, Bruno Mars, Billy Joel, Calle 13, and the sound cues to Womankind. And I'm learning to play a few chords on the piano, and I'm a bit addicted.

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: Less stressed and better paid. Also fatter.

What’s up next?:
I hope Womankind has some kind of impact. Then there's the possibility to perform the play internationally in the summer. And then, rest, clean my house, and assess the damages.

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