1) What is your hometown?
2) What is your dream role?
3) When was the last time you contributed to a campaign and how did it make you feel?
We then asked them to craft a little blog post about what brought them to The Seeing Place and why it means so much to them. We hope you enjoy getting to know our ensemble!
"IN THE MOMENT" BY LISA-MARIE NEWTON
Many years ago, I was just starting my journey as a performer and I had what I thought was a miraculous experience. I was playing Christine in “Phantom” by Maury Yeston (NOT the Andrew Lloyd Webber version, thank you), and we were in the middle of a 6-week run. On Friday night, we had all witnessed the 2 lead men have a truly remarkable performance. They were both extraordinarily talented guys most of the time, but this particular night, they were on fire – singing and acting with a passion I hadn’t seen before. They both told me that they hadn’t known where it came from, they just went with how they felt.
So, as a joke, on Saturday afternoon, I told the woman playing Carlotta that if Friday was a night for the boys, Saturday should be for the girls. And somehow, from the moment I stepped onstage, a miracle occurred. I honestly had no idea what was going to happen next. I was somehow genuinely surprised by everything that happened during the show. I sang every note correctly, said every line correctly, but it was completely spontaneous and in the moment. I don’t think I even really understood that phrase at the time, but it was how I described it. I also realized that after emotional scenes, I walked offstage and was completely unfazed, whereas I would normally take some time to stop crying offstage. It was fun, it was glorious, it felt like I was flying! And for the first, and only, time during the run of that show, the audience held their standing ovation until I walked out for my curtain call.
I have found that moment a few times since then, and I’ve found some tools that help get me there. But it is always what I am hungering for when I act.
When I first saw BOY GETS GIRL at The Seeing Place, I had a very similar experience. I didn’t know the play, but I was absolutely on the edge of my seat – feeling everything the woman at the heart of the story goes through. It was thrilling. It was what made me want to join The Seeing Place. It seemed to me that the performers onstage were flying. They were living in the moment of the play – they weren’t merely speaking lines, or emoting feelings, or trying to reach the audience, they were simply behaving in the actual moment of the play.
|Lisa-Marie in NEXT TO NORMAL|
Even in our weekly workshops at The Seeing Place we do this sort of work, and I can feel how freeing it is. As we do readings of plays, we are always encouraged to be simple and truthful and genuine – to truly talk with each other, rather than reading lines. And I have felt how different that is from other groups I have read with – to have a full (scripted) conversation with another human being. I saw it in both THE PILLOWMAN and GIDION'S KNOT (two shows that closed The Seeing Place's last season) because I watched them multiple times. Each performance was a full story on its own. A Friday night GIDION'S KNOT was a very different experience from a Sunday afternoon GIDION'S KNOT. Because the actors were fully in the moment.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of this ensemble and how looking forward I am to performing with them. I’m extremely proud to be a part of The Seeing Place, and I hope you will join us as we all learn to be in the moment.
Learn more about Lisa-Marie at www.lisamarienewtonactor.com.
To help create new work with Lisa-Marie and The Seeing Place by contributing to our campaign, visit www.TheSeeingPlaceTheater.com