Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Gospel According to...Julia Anrather

Name: Julia Anrather

Hometown: New York City

The Brearley School, then Vassar College '13

Who do you play in The Mysteries?: The Violin Playing Angel

Tell us about The Mysteries: It's a 6 hour bible-themed party with good food and all of your smartest best-looking friends.

Describe The Mysteries in three words: Well-sculpted abdomens

What's the wildest costume you wear in The Mysteries?: A bustier under a mummy suit

If you could be anyone from The Bible, who would you be?:
Billy Porter

Which company member is most likely to actually have lived during Biblical times?: Rebeca Rad. I can definitely see someone being like "that one. that one's a prophet."

Which company member is most likely to be the Messiah?: Alice Allemano, but no one would believe her they'd just think she was being charming

Most likely to become an angel?: David Dabbon already is one

Most likely to hear voices in their head?: Ned Riseley and they all sound like Fiona Apple

Who's the most spiritual?: Kara Kaufman in that I think she is a sprite

On the 8th day god said_____: Naps! Let there be naps! Naps for all!

Are you going to heaven or hell?: Depends. Ask my mom.

Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you?: Procrastination

What's the biggest inside joke at The Mysteries?: "YAAAAS"

What's your favorite moment from The Mysteries?: When we--the angels--bless the three shepherds in Bethlehem. "Blessing" in our world happens through music and touch which I love because it humanizes what has always been sort of an obscure concept to me, and I love this blessing in particular because the shepherds aren't expecting it and it's not a blessing that secretly obliges them to do God's work, die for humanity, etc -- it's just a gift. I really love it. Also in our production the shepherds are stoned, so it's both beautiful and very funny. Everyone wins.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of The Mysteries?: All these beautiful people! Everyone is so continually wonderful and funny and kind and full of secret talents. We've spent so much time sort of hanging around in loins cloths backstage trying not to make noise so though I feel like I know everyone really I'm still meeting people. It's a very weird little family we're building. I love them.

Why should we come see The Mysteries?: Ohhhhh cause it reminds us that we're so damn lucky we're human and alive! So we should eat a good meal and kiss someone we love and have a good time. Also-- well-sculpted abdomens.

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