Friday, July 31, 2015
Spotlight On...Felicity Seidel
Education: B.A. in physics, Magna Cum Laude
Select Credits: Lucky Chick (solo show), Dinner with Friends (play), "Welcome to WillieWorld" (film)
Why theater?: Why not? When it’s good, it’s alive and awake and on the edge. It’s a shared experience. And then it’s gone. That’s a thrill.
Who do you play in Lucky Chick?: Yours truly… Felicity.
Tell us about Lucky Chick: It’s a new solo play written and performed by me about guns, guys, Lear jets, pythons, Hells Angels, and the Grateful Dead. That’s the really really short version anyway. It’s a story about the Journey of Girl, not unlike Alice in Wonder-land… but it’s real.
What is it like being a part of Lucky Chick?: Solo shows are tough. Honestly, it’s a lot more fun working with a cast than on your own. And you sure as sh*t better love your director (which I do) or you’ll be miserable. I’m having fun. I love working with Padraic Lillis. And… it’s very hard work.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I’m a big fan of Richard Foreman’s work. Pina Bausch. Plays like Death of Salesman and Schiller’s Mary Stuart. Edward Hopper’s work inspires me too. I like stuff that knocks you around a little, tips you off center and stuns you with its strangeness and beauty. And I love a good laugh.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: Bad-ass women in action/adventure movies. Oh… you mean in the theater? Mary in Schiller’s Mary Stuart.
What’s your favorite show tune?: I’m not really a show-tune kinda gal but… I like "All That Jazz" from Chicago.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Guy Ritchie.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Scarlett Jo-hansen and it might be called… Lucky Chick? Couldn’t resist.
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: The original Broadway production of Death of a Salesmen.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: I loved the production of Grounded that just went up at the Public. I thought Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor killed it. So I told my friends to go see it… even though it was already sold out.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Baguette and butter. Yum.
What’s up next?: "The First Strange Adventure of The Bird", a screenplay I wrote with my friend Maggie Dubris, which is currently in development.
For more on Lucky Chick, visit http://www.luckychick.nyc/