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MEET THE CAST: Gabrielle Beans

Q: Position/Role with the show:
A: I'm playing the part of Mirabelle.

Q: Brief background about yourself:
A: Before this show I was studying classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Before that I was spending a lot of time thinking about and looking at brains as an undergraduate Neuroscience major. Before that I was living the strange and wonderful life of an adolescent military brat. Before that I honestly don't remember.

Q: Any previous experience with NYSX:
A: I was in a sonnet project short film! If you can guess which one without looking I'll buy you a slurpee. 

Q: Favorite thing to do outside of theatre:
A: Aside from spending an exorbitant amount of time watching vegan food and otter videos on YouTube, I enjoy trying (and eventually quitting) various exercise trends, and checking cheap weirdo concerts.

Q: Favorite Shakespeare play and why:
A: I was a witch in Macbeth in fifth grade and it's been my favorite since. I liked it then because playing a witch constituted some deep wish fulfillment; now though I appreciate the mysterious and consuming pathos that Shakespeare's able to portray in a pre-Freudian context.

Q: Three words to describe the play:
A: Unexpected; unfortunately relevant.

Q: Why is Shakespeare (and adaptations of Shakespeare) still relevant and important?
A: I think it's safe to say that at this point Shakespeare's canon is coextensive with Western theater and artistic culture. The ways we speak, think, and imagine ourselves are intertwined with these works. By engaging with the poems and plays, we do not only interrogate our history, but also tap in to essential human experiences whose immediacy and relatability have not dulled over time. 

Q: What about this production excites you?
A: Working on a new play is always exciting, but working on a new play that has such a foundation in a very old poem is especially exciting. Kevin and Cristina's spirit of playfulness with the text is really great!

Q: What do you hope audiences take away from watching Lucrece?
A: I hope that this work will allow us to engage with uncomfortable but very present realities in a way that makes viewers want to talk about what they've just witnessed. If some conversations are started with this piece, that would be very positive.

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