Thursday, November 10, 2016

Spotlight On...Mariah Freda

Name: Mariah Freda

Hometown: Sea Isle City, New Jersey (The Jersey Shore!)

Education: BA in Anthropology from Boston University and an MFA from The New School for Drama

Why theater?: I love the theater. I love that each moment only exists in the present. You can rewind it or play it back. I love that the audience becomes a character in the room and the energy that they send out finds me and I give it right back to them. There’s nothing quite like it. I also feel like when I’m in a rehearsal room, or on stage I become the most me version of me!

Who do you play in No Man's Land?: Georgia

Tell us about No Man's Land: No Man’s Land is inspired by Jeremiah Heaton, a dad from Virginia who flew to Africa, stuck a flag in the ground,  claimed it as his kingdom and thus made his daughter a princess. That’s all I want to tell you, but I promise there will be more.

What is it like being a part of No Man's Land?: I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of this project from its inception. We got in the room to start  figuring out how to make this show and we immediately started falling into all of the pitfalls one trips over when telling a story like that of Jeremiah Heaton. When it dawned on us that we could actually put that struggle right into the script, the whole process became an incredibly exciting investigation on what it means to carry the awesome responsibility of an artist.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: If I can tell the artistic team put the work in, I enjoy the show. When I sit in that audience seat, I am a child ready to be entertained...bonus points if someone is singing at me.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: 99.9 percent of the time I would rather work on a new show on a character that doesn’t exist yet. The one exception would be if I could play Catherine in A View From The Bridge.

What’s your favorite showtune?: I don’t think I have one, however, much like the rest of the world, I listen to the Hamilton soundtrack on a loop. Currently, I play “Take a Break” on repeat.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Neve Campbell (circa late 90s) would play me in the movie, "Exit 17."

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: The Broadway run of August Osage County.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: I tried to convince people to see Rocky when it was on Broadway. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in the theater.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Teenage Drama TV

What’s up next?: I’m starting development on a new show. Details are still in the works, but let me tell you, it’s going to be great.