Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Gospel According to...Eliza Simpson
Hometown: Nyack, New York
Education: BFA Rutgers University
Who do you play in The Mysteries?: Mary of Bethany and The Princess of Egypt
Tell us about The Mysteries: The Mysteries is a feast for the senses. The aim is to stimulate the mind, sooth the spirit, and feed the body.
Describe The Mysteries in three words: Epic Epic Epic
What's the wildest costume you wear in The Mysteries?: the Princess of Egypt has a gown made of copious yards of blue chiffon. The fabric parts to reveal a glamorous bathing suit, and the copious blue becomes the river from which baby Moses is rescued.
If you could be anyone from The Bible, who would you be?: Rachel, her story has always intrigued me.
Which company member is most likely to actually have lived during Biblical times?: ALL OF THEM. Biblical times are identical to our times.
Which company member is most likely to be the Messiah?: Colin Waitt, he's well cast.
Most likely to become an angel?: All of them.
Most likely to hear voices in their head?: Kara Kaufman. It is the only explanation for how she's able to wrangle all of us and keep so many plates spinning.
Who's the most spiritual?: We have a lot of different faiths within the cast and it's created a really interesting dynamic.
On the 8th day god said _____: Let there be The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Are you going to heaven or hell?: I'm going where ever you're going, cutie.
Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you?: Gluttony
What's the biggest inside joke at The Mysteries?: When we were perform on the workshop at Ed's Loft we were encouraged not to applaud (because of the noise bothering the neighbors) but to snap. It became a signature way of supporting and celebrating each others' work which we continue to this day.
What's your favorite moment from The Mysteries?: the Angelic Gospel Choir in The Transfiguration
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of The Mysteries?: The people I've met.
Why should we come see The Mysteries?: It's the greatest story ever told and will be like nothing you've ever experienced in the theater before.