How about the cast? How’s it been having a faculty member starring in the play with you?
It’s so fun and so rewarding to be able to work with someone who is professional — theatre is her career and passion — it’s so inspiring and such a great experience to be working with Marcia. She’s so humble at the same time. The most inspiring thing is seeing her take direction from Rosemary Malague, her colleague — they’re on the same level — and yet Marcia’s so willing to take direction and grow. She’s been such a great role model. Independent of that, she is just so funny in her role and she has been so great to just laugh with.
The rest of the cast has been great to work with. We’ll quote lines from the play in day-to-day life. It’s a lot of fun. They’re so talented and they add so much to the cohesiveness of the play. Everyone is dedicated to the play, and it’s great to work with people who care about the success of our piece. There are so many scenes where I think, if I wasn’t acting I would be laughing so hard right now — everyone is talented and hilarious. It’s been great.
Why should Penn students go see Well?
I think the story relates to how we feel about our parents — the battles that we face in trying to deal with certain decisions that they make. I think people will enjoy seeing the play because they will see it as very applicable to their lives. The racial themes that are explored in the play are applicable to current discussions happening on our campus about race. It’s theatre so its fictional, but it’s also true to people’s experience. It’s also a comedy drama, so another reason is to come and have a good time and have a laugh — take a break from studying.