Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Gospel According to...Sarah Keyes

Name: Sarah Keyes

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Education: Fordham University Lincoln Center and Interlochen Arts Academy (with fellow angels Rebeca Rad and Tyler Gardella)

Who do you play in The Mysteries?: Angel

Tell us about The Mysteries: The Mysteries is a six-hour marathon of 48 World Premiere plays telling the entire History of Man’s Salvation from The Fall of Lucifer through and including Judgment Day, complete with music, dancing, food, and libations!

Describe The Mysteries in three words: Love, Pain, Falafel

What's the wildest costume you wear in The Mysteries?: My neon mummy bodysuit

If you could be anyone from The Bible, who would you be?:

Which company member is most likely to actually have lived during Biblical times?:
Colin Waitt (he may actually be the resurrected soul of Jesus Christ)

Which company member is most likely to be the Messiah?: Our stage manager Kara Kauffman- she saves us all and has the patience of a saint!

Most likely to become an angel?: Our heavenly music director David Dabbon

Most likely to hear voices in their head?: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar is in direct communion with the theater gods.

Who's the most spiritual?: Rebeca Rad is a goddess and my personal spiritual adviser.

On the 8th day god said_____: Let there be doubt!  ... and unicorns

Are you going to heaven or hell?: Heaven, but Lucifer makes some convincing arguments.

Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you?: Lust.

What's the biggest inside joke at The Mysteries?: Billy Porter wrote the angel choir a stunningly gorgeous gospel song, but when we got the sheet music, we learned the song an octave higher than Billy Porter intended. Our voices were screlting to the stratosphere.

What's your favorite moment from The Mysteries?: My favorite moment of the show is when all the angels give Jesus a sponge bath offstage after a gory crucifixion scene to prepare him for his resurrection. I imagine this is exactly what actually happened in heaven.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of The Mysteries?: The Mysteries preaches that it is impossible to love too much, even in the face of pain and doubt. This entire experience for me has been a mediation on love. This show could not happen without the zealous passion of our ensemble and creative team that goes beyond logic. I am humbled and inspired by the sacrifices this ensemble has made to make this show a living, breathing reality, but they do so with a profound sense of generosity for one another and for the audience. Ed Sylvanus Iskandar directs from a place of total hospitality, and he strives to make this show a positive and lasting experience for all to share in. We are building a community together, and the foundation is love.

Why should we come see The Mysteries?: We can promise that you have never seen anything like this. Come see the show, and join us for a beer after. We cannot wait to meet you.

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