Annapurna Stars Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman on Romance, Working Together and Post-Show Burgers
27 Apr 2014
Husband-and-wife team Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman talk with Playbill.com about life together, onstage and off.
"He's super sexy, like right now," Megan Mullally said, watching her husband and co-star, Nick Offerman, comb his hair into an unruly mess and apply dark makeup resembling dirt to his hands and feet. Without batting an eye, Offerman nodded and continued to tease his hair into tangles.
Mullally laughed after commenting on Offerman's unkempt appearance, but her affection for him was evident as the two chatted in their dressing room at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. The comedic duo are starring in The New Group's production of Sharr White's Annapurna, a dramatic two-hander about a divorced couple who, after reuniting under strenuous circumstances, confront the ghosts of their past.
The reprise of the performances they gave at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, is not the first time Mullally and Offerman have collaborated. Offerman guest-starred — and locked lips — with Mullally on "Will and Grace," and Mullally plays ex-wife to Offerman's Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation." The husband-and-wife team have also appeared on shared the stage or screen on "The Megan Mullally Show," "Children's Hospital," "Smashed," "Somebody Up There Likes Me," "The Kings of Summer" and "Bob's Burgers."
In Annapurna, Mullally plays Emma, the estranged ex-wife of Offerman's Ulysses, who unexpectedly appears at his Colorado mobile home. While the two characters share an emotionally charged history, Mullally said that creating their backstory was not difficult.
"We didn't really talk about it very much," she said. "Every time we've ever run the show, not like a fast line through, but every time we run the show, I feel like we've found things, we've come to some kind of realiziation. I couldn't even tell you what; maybe right after a show I could. It's the only play I've ever really done that just keeps unfolding every time you do it. Every time we do it, I feel like, 'Oh, there's that, too. Interesting.'"
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.