Maggie is a cis, white woman and a theatre artist.

Lola is a theatre artist and a new play advocate.

 

Maggie

What’s in your pockets?

 

Lola

A connection to some of the actors in the piece, as well as genuine curiosity. And I’ve been to the Bok Bar before and it is one of the spookiest places I have ever entered. Yours?

 

Maggie

Same. I’m friends with a bunch of the creators/performers, and I think the Bok space is really cool. Also, I work at a job where I get asked about ghosts almost everyday and it makes me feel kind of crabby.

 

Lola

Did that enhance or detract from your experience in the play? Kelsey Hodgkiss’ character, Shelly, must have struck a familiar nerve.

 

Maggie

Totally. I think it actually really enhanced it. One of the things I was most interested in throughout the piece was this idea of museum curation and interpreting history, especially when it comes to people who can’t speak for themselves. It made me more sympathetic to the impulse to look for ghosts and to try to communicate with them, but also more skeptical of the results people get from their attempts at contact with those ghosts.

 

Lola

Yes. I was so into Kristen Norine’s ghost (although I am always into Kristen Norine as a performer) Because of course she’s remembered for being beautiful and because of that her husband killed her, because that’s way prettier than somebody who was hurt so bad they took their own life.

Makes for a better ghost tour story.

 

Maggie

Yeah! I was really into the overall ghost dramaturgy, actually. I liked the idea that the stories they retold may or may not have been their own, and I liked the little details we got to know about them throughout the show. It felt like the creators had a really clear idea about the world that they occupied.

 

Lola

Definitely. I felt a little less compelled by the “Real people” part of the story. I think we could have acted as our own guides through the “museum” and joined while the puppet eating the lady moment was happening and been surrounded with the ghosts acting out their BEAUTIFUL movement segments. I would have been so in.

 

Maggie

I very much agree. I was so interested in some of the weirder elements of the piece that I felt like I didn’t fully understand (the princesses, the monster puppet, the ghosts) and I had a much harder time connecting to Amelia Williams’s living, human character. I was surprised that the end of the play focused so much on her character’s emotional state–I didn’t feel like I was totally set up for that as an audience member.

Also, hard agree on the movement. So good. And so specific and beautifully performed.

 

Lola

  1. LOVED. THE. PRINCESSES.

Also, was Amelia Williams’ character (I missed her character name and I feel terrible about that) the monster? Was she a murderer? Did she kill her frenemy? I was confused. The acoustics were rough.

 

Maggie

I was confused about whether she was the monster. And there were some elements of the play that I felt unsure about but kind of comfortable about being confused, but that confusion felt more isolating.

Acoustics WERE rough. Which is a shame because the space otherwise was really cool and worked well for the piece. But it was really hard to hear the performers.

 

Lola

I dig that isolation, but only if it’s purposeful, and it didn’t always seem purposeful.

So hard to hear. Which stinks, because it was dark and cozy and you can feel yourself drift a bit. And then the Princesses storm back on and you’re like I’M BACK!! I AM IN THIS PLAY.

Serving Over Caffeinated Evil Queen realness.

 

Maggie

Agreed. I loved them so much. I loved them bringing a different dynamic to the undead world.

I found myself wishing that we as the audience were given a little bit more to hold onto in terms of where we fit in the world of the play. I liked the whole set-up of having us “going on a tour” of the collection, but then when we entered the space it became clear that Kelsey’s character was just giving a tour to Amelia’s–it didn’t feel like we were a part of it.

 

Lola

Yes yes yes yes. I heard there was another iteration of the script that didn’t have a promenade part and I actually think it may have worked better without it.

Or directly involve the audience. Because why not.

 

Maggie

Yeah, I wish it was one or the other. Although it was cool to have the ghosts moving around behind us as we were standing. And it was fun to discover the princesses in the space, that was a nice spooky treat.

 

Lola

So spooky! And the picture of a stoic Jennifer Summerfield as Dr. Frank. I loved that. Overall, it was a super solid little piece. With some tightening of characters and motives, it will be even better. And I’m actually quite interested to see if this whole museum mythology gets flesh flesh fleshed (I’m the worst) out into more than one play.

 

Maggie

OH boy. Crushed it. Totally agreed. I hope this play continues developing–I want to know more about this world.

Also want to shout out Sara Outing’s performance. I know her mostly as a designer, but I found her so lovely and grounded and easy to watch.

 

Lola

Yes! Did she also design the exhibits? Because I loved that ghostly waiting room.

 

Maggie

Yeah! I don’t know who was responsible for the design, but i really dug it.

Anything else you want to talk about?

 

Lola

I don’t think so. I hope to more from this group and now I wanna do all of the ghost plays. Yourself?

 

Maggie

Want to know more and perhaps a Princess spin-off show. Yay!

 

Lola

They get the sequel.

Sweat Sweat Sweat: A Princess Play.

Hire me.

 

 

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