VITALS – Interview with the Playwright
R: Hi Katherine.
K: Hi Rosamund.
R: You are acting in my play.
K: I am.
R: And you are in fact, the only character.
R: Are you excited?
K: Yes I am.
R: Cool. I’m here to interview you. And so I ask you, Katherine, what excites you about being in Vitals?
K: Many things. I mean, I think this will be a huge emotional and physical challenge. Like both in terms of absorbing this world that I’m very foreign to, you know a world of blood and guts and life and death which I kind of take for granted on a daily basis. I think those things excite me. I think when we first met I said like “I love to be thrown into things physically” I can’t really entirely remember…
R: Oh yeah you did! You said something like, “I like really hard acting that is really difficult physically.”
K: I think that’s one of the things that will be exciting about this show.
R: …Watching you have difficulty?
R: Cool. Next question, which you asked me last week: Could you be a paramedic in real life?
K: No. Absolutely not.
K: I am really queasy with like administering needles… like I can take a needle but I don’t think I could give one. I am queasy with blood and guts stuff… I was never very good at dissecting those fetal pigs in biology class. And also just the panic of “someone’s life is in my hands.”Like I’d rather have things be fiction…
R: Well, well done, ’cause you’re an actor. That’s your life.
K: Yeah exactly, I’d rather live in a fictional world.
R: Is this your most challenging role so far?
K: mmhmm, yeah. I think so.
R: Do you feel differently about paramedics now than you did before?
K: I never thought about paramedics before. I think about them all the time now. So yeah, I do. They’re on my radar in a way they never were before.
R: Do you have more respect for them now then you did?
K: Absolutely. A huge respect.
R: Yeah me too.
K: Really their job is LITERALLY saving people’s lives. For medics, for their jobs, I think there’s very deeply complicated and messy and ugly bits and then there’s really beautiful moments or really humorous moments. Like I think it’s like ‘being humanon speed’ or something, you know?
R: You mean: Life, but Life-to-the-max-
K: Yes.Amped! In ways that your average person walking down the street, at their desk job or working in the theatre, doesn’t ever have to experience.
R: No. Not at all.
K: It’s easy to forget. And I do find myself thinking about death a lot.
R: Because of the show?
K: Yeah, because of the show.
K: I think about death and vulnerability – and physical vulnerability a lot and that has invaded my…psychic space…
R: I hope in a somewhat positive way, perhaps?
K: Yeah! totally… I think it makes me value life. And value the people around me.
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