Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Caeneus & Poseidon: An Interview With Regina Kohl

Regina, who plays one of our Nereids, shares a bit about herself in the next of our interviews. Thanks so much, Regina!
Which character do you play?
I am playing one of the Nereids.

What are you most looking forward to about playing this character? Is there anything that is particularly challenging about playing this character?
I found the process of forging out my character interesting. The script is written in such a way that the Nereids’ lines can be said either simultaneously or in turn. We decided to split some of the lines between the three actresses who play the Nereids, thereby establishing three independent characters. It was interesting to see how these characters took shape and how different they turned out to be in the end. This also gave me a chance to find my character’s story within the text and show how she transitions from a person who is completely dependent on Poseidon to someone who stands up for herself and others, and frees herself from the shackles of dependency and physical violence. I am looking forward to telling her story to the audience.

Have you been involved with Dragon Theatre before? How?
This is the first production at the Dragon Theatre I am involved with, and I am very excited about this opportunity.

What other theatre projects do you have coming up?
I was cast in the role of Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ produced by Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and will be performing at Sanborn-Skyline County Park from late July onwards.

How do you prepare for a role? Is there anything special you do to get into the mindset of a character you're playing? 
First of all, I do a lot of text work. What information about the character can I find in the text? What do I say about myself? What do others say about me? I ask the obvious questions, like who am I? where am I? what and who surrounds me? etc. I break the text down in units and try to find out what my objectives are, what are the obstacles that prevent me from achieving my objectives? How do I try to achieve my objectives? I find such a detailed analysis of the text very useful.

I also tend to get off book really quickly, so that I can explore how the character moves without being hindered by the textbook in front of my face during rehearsals.
In general, I do a lot of research into the background story (era of a play, historical facts etc). When I am exploring a character I also think about people I know or knew who might have elements in their characters I can use. I also look into myself and see what experience can help me form my character. I also love watching and observing people. There are always certain characteristics, habits, traits you can use for certain roles.

What is your dream role?
I have quite a few and am constantly adding new ones to my list. Some roles I would love to play are Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart ...

Who’s your favorite mythological character? (doesn’t have to be Greek)
I have to admit that I don’t really have a favorite mythological character.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I am very excited about being part of this show. The script is marvelous and I can share the stage with very talented actors and actresses. This is a story worth telling and I hope we’ll be doing it justice.

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