I recently got a chance to talk with Liz Chase, who is playing Queequeg in "All Girl Moby Dick", about the show and her experience with it. The interview is below.
Warwick: First off, tell us about your character in the show (who they are/what they do/etc...). Were they any direct or indirect inspirations that you had when you were creating it?
Liz: My character is Queequeg and I am a harpooneer. Queequeg is a native from Kokovoko, "an island far away to the West and South." In working on this character I relied heavily on Melville's descriptions of Queequeg. Any conversations or interactions Queequeg had with Ishmael informed me of Queequeg's character and demeanor.
W: What has been the most challenging part of the process for you?
L: Queequeg is a man of few words. He is simple and direct. For me, trying to capture these qualities was definitely a challenge. Also finding the physicality of Queequeg took some time for me. Trying not to be too casual in my posture and bringing a "large" presence was something I really had to work on.
W: What's the most rewarding?
L:The most rewarding part of this process has been feeling comfortable in a role that originally kind of scared me; finding more in this character than I thought I would. Also, seeing all things come together, whether it is scenes that we have been working on or fight choreography or adding in the technical elements. Its nice to see a final product and see it work.
W: What aspect or scene in the show are you most excited for the audience to witness?
L: I'm excited for the audience to see the "Jonah" scene. This scene is very stylized and is very Mammal-ish. I think it is a very visually interesting scene and its an awesome way to begin Act II!
W: What attracted you to this project in the first place?
L: It's a Mammals' show...enough said. :)
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