VITALS – Interview with the Playwright

Continuing our conversation from the last post, Vitals playwright Rosamund Small sits down in the TPM offices with performer Katherine Cullen to talk about their upcoming project.

Vitals which opened May 1st, is an Outside the March Production, sponsored by Theatre Passe Muraille.

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.

K: Yes.

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?

K: Yup.

R: Cool. Next question, which you asked me last week: Could you be a paramedic in real life?

K: No. Absolutely not.

R: Okay.

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.

R: Interesting.

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.

R:  Cool.

K:  Cool.

 

Vitals tickets are on sale now through the Passe Muraille box office.  Tickets are limited – book now!

 

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VITALS – Interview with the Playwright

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Continuing our conversation from the last post, Vitals playwright Rosamund Small sits down in the TPM offices with performer Katherine Cullen to talk about their upcoming project.

Vitals which opened May 1st, is an Outside the March Production, sponsored by Theatre Passe Muraille.

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.

K: Yes.

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?

K: Yup.

R: Cool. Next question, which you asked me last week: Could you be a paramedic in real life?

K: No. Absolutely not.

R: Okay.

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.

R: Interesting.

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.

R:  Cool.

K:  Cool.

 

Vitals tickets are on sale now through the Passe Muraille box office.  Tickets are limited – book now!