Thursday, February 12, 2015

Spotlight On...Heather McAllister

Name: Heather McAllister

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Education: SJSU, Western Stage, JoAnna Beckson here in NYC changed everything for me as an actor!

Select Credits: Annabella in Tis Pity She's A Whore, Rhoda in Bad Seed, The Norn in April's Fool, Portia in Merchant of Venice

Why theatre?: It's live, baby, the audience, the evening, it's new every time, working out a role, dissecting the humanity, the relationships, the arc is a treat, you get to be sociologist, psychologist, raw nerves and bloody guts, nothing better!

Who do you play in Everyday Edna Mae: I play the title character, Edna Mae

Tell us about Everyday Edna Mae: EEM is a journey many will relate to... An artist who lets life and love shut down her dreams finally comes out of her creative coma, and awakens to the beauty of believing in herself.

What is it like being a part of Everyday Edna Mae?: Being part of EEM is a dream. Robin Rice Lichtig is a wonderful playwright, her stories are fresh, surprising and wholly relatable. Director Bricken Sparacino is a multi talent I've had the pleasure of knowing since we were in college! As director she has keen instincts for uncovering the humor and pathos, the reality as well as the fantastical inherent to any script.

What kind of theatre speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Theatre that speaks to me is honest, visceral, and inspiring, reflecting the absurdity, pain and ultimately loveliness of our human condition. As an artist, I'm inspired by the twists and turns along the way, the journey of life, interpersonal connections hit or miss and how it all unfolds. Also my brothers Jerry and Kelly McAllister are wonderfully talented and prolific artists. I look to them constantly for artistic integrity, genius, and fresh air.

Any roles you're dying to play?: I'm dying to play Arkadina in The Seagull, and anything written by my brother Kelly!

What's your favorite showtune: "I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today" from Avenue Q

If you could work with anyone you've yet to work with, who would it be?: I would love to work with any questioning, expansive, positive artist.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself, and what would it be called?: I would play me, in "The Heather McAllister Experience"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Bernadette Peters in Sunday in the Park with George

What show have you recommended to your friends?: I recommend to my friends works starring my friends, they are mega talents

What's your biggest guilty pleasure?: My biggest guilty pleasure is taking naps!

What's up next: My brother Kelly McAllister's newest play!