Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spotlight On...Corey Tazmania

Name: Corey Tazmania

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Education: Antioch College, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Select Credits: The Parable Conference (Next Wave Festival, BAM); On the Future of Art (Guggenheim); Pericles and Oliver Twist (STNJ); Jericho (NJREP); The Housewives of Mannheim (59E59).

Why theater?: Theatre is an art form that requires collaboration- of ideas, craft, and expression. Because it is a shared event throughout its entire process, I feel connected to and actively engaged in something much larger than myself (esprit de corps).

Who do you play in Villainous Company?: Claire Ashburn

Tell us about Villainous Company: This play is like a puzzle. All three of its characters reveal certain truths. Each of them (and us) have to figure out where these pieces fit to make sense of the real and whole story being told.

What is it like being a part of Villainous Company?: Super fun! I think we're pretty lucky to have a group of people who are playful, thoughtful, clever, wicked good at their craft and bring homemade snacks...

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Wow, I have to say I am inspired by all of the performing arts and the artists, artisans and technicians who make it happen. There is something so beautiful and scary and reflective in the ephemeral quality of live art.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Martha (Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?); Medea (Medea); Frankie (Frankie And Johnny At The Clare De Lune); Pilot (Grounded); Portia (Merchant of Venice).

What’s your favorite showtune?: "My Friends" from Sweeney Todd.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Director Ken Rus Schmoll.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Natalie Wood, "The Foolish Grin (Working Title)"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Ellen Terry in Macbeth, Ruth Gordon in A Doll's House

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Under the Radar Festival

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Chinese food in bed.

What’s up next?: In February, I'll be working on an installation for Camel Collective at REDCAT and then return to NJREP for Richard Strand's new play, The Realization of Emily Linder.