Name: Megan Hillary
What is your favorite thing about your character (Madame)?
Her poise, obviously. She's wonderfully refined.
What is this play about from the perspective of your character?
My overwhelming emotions over the unfortunate circumstances concerning my lover. He's such a magnificent man, and truly doesn't deserve what's being done to him. What will these rumors do to his future social position, and what will that mean for me?
What is this play about from the perspective of your role as scenic designer?
Inhabiting an incredibly powerful room, one which holds sway over the execution of daily routines, and one which also quietly bears witness to the private explosions of its people wrestling with the responsibilities and consequences of their assigned stations.
If you had some advice to offer your character what would it be?
You can do better. Seriously, expect more of yourself.
What drew you to this play?
I fear I have a penchant for dark, edgy plays. I'm drawn to plays that require a bit of discomfort in the audience, that provoke unexpected thought. Such plays are always a challenge for their directors and actors, and challenges are always more than welcome.
How did you get involved with Offstage?
Stephen and I were in search of both a performance space and other creatives who may want to join forces with our intention. In came Offstage and the marvelous Bree.
What is the most challenging thing about designing in a site-specific environment?
In the specific case of this particular play, making the room appear inhabited. As it's not ours, we're not permitted to alter things like the color of the walls -- which I would kill to do. So the challenge becomes acquiring all the things that people surround themselves with in order to feel nested, and then endeavor to tie all of those things together so one doesn't feel as though they're sitting in an abandoned, lonely room with a few desolate, discarded objects. The room needs must be imbued with life, so even in the absence of its residents, an audience can look upon it and say, "Yes, someone lives here, and they have for some time.”
What is your favorite food?
Morsel Compass, a food truck, makes these astonishing, multi-leveled nachos with handmade tortillas, and they are a thing of divinity
What is your dream for the future?
Limitless art funding would be nice.
What is your favorite thing about 1930's France?
The art, undoubtedly. The World Fair was in Paris in 1937, where Picasso presented Guernica. Surrealism had been largely dominating artistic circles and was unintentionally making way for the massive surge of modernist painting coming on its heels. 1930s French fashion is fantastic fun, as well.
Come see Megan play Madame in The Maids, June 9 - 11 and 16-18 at 8:30pm.
Tickets $15 each, by reservation only.
All performances will take place at the historic McShane House, 209 Maury Ave., Charlottesville, VA.