By Andrew Gans
16 Jul 2013
Alexi Kaye Campbell's Apologia, which was done at the Bush Theatre in London, provides a fabulous vehicle for a woman my age in the role of Kristin. The plot revolves around, one, Kristin's 60th birthday party to which her sons and their significant others have been invited, and, two, the publication of her memoir, a theoretical defense of a life she will claim was always guided by defined principles after she divorced her husband and moved to Italy, but her memoir does not mention her children. Before Apologia, he wrote The Pride, which was produced in NY at MCC. I also love the role of Mrs. Rich in The Beau Defeated, written in 1700 by Mary Pix; it is a marvelous Restoration Comedy piece. The play perhaps never had the attention it deserved because it was written by a woman, but that should not be the case nowadays. There, too, is Lorca's Bernarda Alba, and then the Shakespearean role I have always coveted is Cleopatra. But I tend to take interesting work wherever I'm offered it. This is a fertile time for an actor, layered as we are with two-thirds of our lives behind us. It is not a time to waste sitting at home waiting for the perfect part to come along.
I would love to play Tom in a great Broadway production of A Glass Menagerie.