Thursday, August 18, 2016
Spotlight On...Sarah Greyson
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Education: BA in Theater from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Oklahoma
Select Credits: You might recognize me from MTV's Road Rules Campus Crawl and The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet, or from shilling some of your favorite household brands in commercials. Also, if you're a big indie horror film buff, a film I was in called Consumption just got released on Amazon Video yesterday. Huzzah!
Why theater?: Why not theater? But seriously, I don't want to say I caught the bug at an early age, but I always believed that if I could get paid for just "living theatrically" in my day-to-day life, I would find a way. And here we are.
Who do you play in Bonnie's Future Sisters?: I play Kayleigh, future sister-in-law to the titular character of Bonnie.
Tell us about Bonnie's Future Sisters: Bonnie's Future Sisters is a female-driven comedy that addresses the complex relationships that women experience on a day to day basis and how much more complicated those relationships become when you add sibling rivalry to them. I would like to stress that it is, in fact, a comedy.
What is it like being a part of Bonnie's Future Sisters?: It has been such an interesting journey getting involved with a bevvy of insanely talented beauties such as these. I don't think I've ever worked with an all-female cast and crew, and although there are several strong and supportive men behind these talented women, estrogen was at the forefront of this experience in an incredibly positive and inspirational way. PS-- Anyone who says women aren't funny can go suck an egg.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I really love theater that uses humor and wit to address issues that polarize and politicize us. I think theater can be a powerful tool to drive us to new levels of reflection and action; it is a mirror that exposes our inner truths as a society, and historically, it has always been, even if that mirror has been the freaky, distorted fun-house kind. I am always inspired by people who understand this and go out of their ways and comfort zones to create new works that open our eyes just a tiny bit more to things we may never have considered.
Any roles you're dying to play?: I'm sure it's cliched to say anything about Shakespeare, but hell, here goes: Shakespeare's plays contain some immensely powerful female characters and I would absolutely love to explore practically any of the greats: Viola, Beatrice, Lady Macbeth... Let me at 'em!
What's your favorite showtune?: This is such a difficult question, because musical theater is almost a part of every theater kid's DNA. You don't even know how deep it runs until you put it under a microscope! But when I was living in New York, I worked for RENT, the musical, as a PA and got to watch rehearsals 4 days a week for 8 hours a day. The song that for years later I would wake myself up singing in my sleep was "Take Me or Leave Me". I'm still not sick of it, so it must be a favorite.
If you could work with anyone you've yet to work with, who would it be?: Joss Whedon. Wow. That was the fastest I've ever answered a question.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: If I had to choose, it would be between Lizzy Caplan and Greta Gerwig and I guess it would be called Sarah's Fiasco. I used to have a website called Sarah's Fiasco, and anyone who would care about the movie of my life would know that and be able to find it on Netflix pretty easily.
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Actually, my friend Ross Marquand wrote and starred in a play called TRON: The Musical when we were in college and I missed it. It got rave reviews and I was always really bummed about not getting all of the inside jokes about it. I'd go back and see that in a heartbeat!
What show have you recommended to your friends?: A few years ago, a friend of mine, Matthew Scott Montgomery, debuted in Del Shores' play Yellow. I could not recommend that show enough. Seriously, the whole cast was so wonderful, the writing was so eloquent, and he was just amazing in it. When I see theater I love, I usually recommend it vehemently to everyone I know. But that was the first play that came to mind.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?: My biggest guilty pleasure would have to be cheese. Even just typing that gave me some sort of Pavlovian response and I need to get to my fridge immediately.
What's up next?: After Fringe comes Episodic Season, so things will likely be insane this Fall. Here's hoping! :)
For more on Bonnie's Future Sisters, visit www.bonniesfuturesisters.com. For more on Sarah, visit www.thepowerofgreyson.com