Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Punk or Provocateur with...Rebeca Miller

Name: Rebeca Miller

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Tell us about The Roaring Girl: It's a 17th century Jacobean comedy- centering around the character of Moll (based on a real woman of the time) who decided to play by her own rules.  When the mood strikes her, she aids other characters in pursuits of love and debauchery- and is always true to herself. She is a true independent free thinker.

Describe The Roaring Girl in 3 words: Brash, Bold, and Bawdy.

Who do you play in The Roaring Girl?: A fiery, flirty, shop-owner: Mistress Tiltyard, a rather queer and randy Tailor, and a senile Sumner.

Describe your character(s) in 3 words: Fiery. Randy. Senile.

Which company member is most likely to be a roaring boy or girl?: Well last night Anais might have let it slip that we were all typecast... Mallorie I have to say, I think it's you.

Most likely to get in a brawl?: Ooo yea, Alyssa Block (Mistress Openwork) is really aggressive and confrontational. Erin Beirnard (Mistress Gallipot) and I are really afraid of her. Don't tell her I said that, we still have to get through 10 shows.

Who’s the fanciest?: Sam Ogilvie has style for days. Have you seen that guy walk? It's practically an art-form.

What is the best thing about being a part of The Roaring Girl?: Such a brilliant group of people! It's been so great to work with a cast that has such a wonderful sense of play about them. The combination of working with such a juicy bit of text and then adding all the physical comedy, dance and fights...we have a lot of fun.

What is your favorite moment in The Roaring Girl?: Too hard! I love seeing the fights, and physical comedy, but the language is also really beautiful.

Why The Roaring Girl now?: This play reckons with issues pertaining to gender roles and relationships- subjects we still deal with today. These characters are flawed individuals whose internal fears and desires often conflict with their public role.  What is expected from a person based off of their gender, class, or marital status- and in turn, how far can one individual step outside of those exceptions and what are the consequences?  And in turn, how are you treated by other members of your tribe? Are you admired, or scorned.. and why does happen?  This show takes all of these complex topics and then addresses them using humor.  We laugh at the absurdity and truth. The text is Jacobean, but the topics are absolutely relevant to the now.

Punk or Provocateur?: Absolutely a Provocateur. Though...I always wanted to have a mo-hawk.

Have you ever performed in rep before? What are the challenges/struggles?: The last time I performed in rep I had a HUGE amount of anxiety about presetting my props for the right show. I would run around checking and rechecking, I had this huge fear that I was going to have a brain blip and pre-set the Shakespeare prop for the Williams show.

What are you most excited to see in the other play?: MUSIC!

Why should we come see Punks and Provocateurs?: Dick jokes, live music, swords, characters, corsets, dick jokes, syphilis jokes, dancing, singing dick jokes?