Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Spotlight On...Lulu Fogarty

Name: Lulu Fogarty

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: BFA Syracuse University

Select Credits: NYC: Lillian Smith Being Heard (Syracuse Stage, Theatre Row, Dixon Place), SURRENDER (2009 Drama Desk Nomination: Unique Theatrical Experience), Christmas Rappings (dir. Russ Treyz), Henry V (dir. Adam Patterson); Eurydice, Desdemona, The Artifacts, The Mentee (dir. Thom Fogarty).  International: Taiwan National Tours of Grandpa’s Dream and The Toy Box; Embedded (Edinburgh International Fringe Festival); A Comedy of Errors Workshop (Shakespeare’s Globe, London).  Regional: Steel Magnolias (dir. Russ Treyz).

Why theater?: I love the fact that each moment of every performance can be different. Nothing is locked as it becomes in film. I also love feeling the flow of energy between the audience and performers every night.

Who do you play in Lancelot?: Tara Williams

Tell us about Lancelot: Lancelot is a steamy new play that brings up gnawing questions about what it means to be an artist and the sacrifices required to claim artistry.

What is it like being a part of Lancelot?: This is the third Fechter-Fogarty collaboration that I am acting in. I love working with Steven and my dad (the director) because we are all on the same page about making theatre a collaborative process and making art that can be different every night. The stage, like the rehearsal room, is a safe space to explore new things and play. Steven also is incredibly adept at writing strong, capable women. As one, myself, it is a treat to explore the minds of others, bringing them off the page.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love theatre that makes you think. I truly believe that art can change the world and see it as my job as an artist to inspire people to think critically about the world we share, and to perhaps find ways to be more compassionate and human with each other.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Titania, Maggie the Cat and Mary Tyrone. You know, just all the classics. Also Girleen in Lonesome West because she is heartbreaking and a hoot.

What’s your favorite showtune?: "Why We Tell the Story" from Once On This Island

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Anna Deavere Smith

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Lily Rabe in "The Spark That Started It"

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Gatz by Elevator Repair Service, The Hallway Trilogy (particularly Part 2, "Paraffin")

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: "Certainly" by Erykah Badu

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Reality TV like "Mob Wives" and all the NYC, NJ ones (sorry, actors)

What’s up next?: I'm working on a one-woman educational play about politics and ethnicity in Taiwan based off of interviews I conducted while I lived there in 2013. Stay tuned to www.lulufogarty.com and applesandazaleas.com for more info!

For more on Lancelot, visit http://www.360repco.org/