Role: Valentine Coverly
Arcadia runs through June 16.
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I like to have a cup of Lady Grey tea before the show and a chat with my dressing room roommate, Nick Pelczar [who plays Ezra Chater], after the show . . . occasionally we toast our work with an adult refreshment.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
Walking to work. I live in L.A., so just being able to walk this city is wonderful.
If you could live during a different cultural period, what period would it be and why?
I'd like to visit a lot of different periods: Elizabethan England and Ancient Greece, to name a couple. But I like living in the here and now!
What was your favorite discovery during the rehearsal process for Arcadia?
I was happy to discover the nuances of the Val/Hannah relationship. How they communicate, the depth of the feelings between them, and the growth of their professional partnership. Carey [Perloff, the director,] was very clear in wanting this relationship to be unique in the play, and I think we've done that.
|(from L-R): Rebekah Brockman (Thomasina Coverly), Jack Cutmore-Scott (Septimus Hodge), Adam O'Byrne (Valentine Coverly), and Gretchen Egolf (Hannah Jarvis) in A.C.T.'s production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, directed by Carey Perloff. Photo by Kevin Berne.|
For me, the accent comes pretty naturally, but I still have to drill it to the point that I never have to think about it. If I'm thinking about how to say specific words, then I'm not doing my job of playing the scene. I'm a mimic when it comes to accents. I like to find an accent that does something for me artistically and then adopt aspects of it for my character.
What is your favorite part of working on a Stoppard play?
The words. Best thing about good writing is that if you get stuck as an actor the easiest way out is to just say the next line. A great playwright will always take care of you. I feel very taken care of in this role.