It's #tellustuesday with Managing Artistic Director, Natasha Parnian. Our #rovingreporter caught up with her and here is what she had to say:
RR: How did you go about casting the three sisters in "The Value of Moscow?":
NP: In our callback audition, I broke the actresses into different sets of three, mixed them up many times, and finally found the perfect set of ladies. They were directable, had great chemistry together, were hard working, and talented. When casting actors, I not only make sure they have chemistry with one another, but we (the actor and myself) have to have great chemistry together. We really nailed it with this team.
RR: How are rehearsals going?:
NP: They are going really well. We are definitely in the thick of it right now. I am enjoying this group of actors and crew. They are excellent critical thinkers and very committed to the work.
RR: That's wonderful. Have you learned anything new with this production so far?: NP: Well, I'm learning how much shopping our cast and crew does on Amazon. We need a huge amount of boxes for this set and we have all been saving them.
RR: Why should people come see this show?: NP: I selected it because it's a total gift for a director with smart actors. We have so much room for exploration. Audience members will see these choices. It creates a tremendous amount of realism and dimension in these characters. It's got this wickedly biting wit, written by Amy Dellagiarino, who is so gifted. This will also be our first time performing a mainstage show at Artspace in Herndon. Artspace and Grace Church (our 2 venues) will be such cool and unique places to watch the show.
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