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MEET THE CAST: Kate Lydic

Q: Position/Role with the show?
A: Omega/Vittelia/Innkeeper

Q: Brief background about yourself?
A: I am a born and raised New Yorker. I went to college up in Worcester, Mass at the College of the Holy Cross where I studied Theater/English. There, I was either performing or critically investigating Shakespeare’s work. I then went on to get my MFA in Acting from Mason Gross at Rutgers University, which was the best decision of my life. Now I’m back in New York acting as well as baking and cooking delicious treats for my friends and family!

Q: Any previous experience with NYSX?
A: I have done some readings in the past with NYSX: The Muse’s Song and the first poem reading of The Rape of Lucrece. And oh, that one time I lost my hands and tongue in a tutu during their production of Titus Andronicus…it was a messy experience ;P

Q: Favorite thing to do outside of theatre?
A: Outside of theater, I really love to bake and cook for my loved ones. It is a lot like acting where you start with necessary ingredients, blend them, trying to add or subtract to find a harmonious connection that brings out the best in the ingredients and the final product brings joy to the recipients. I love to relax around good food, good wine and great friends.

Q: Favorite Shakespeare play and why?
A: Titus Andronicus . Maybe it’s because I’ve been in it, but I truly feel this is one of the Shakespeare’s only works where women take strong action against their oppressors. SPOILER ALERT!: Yes, Lavinia’s tongue and hands are cut off, but without words, she takes action to assist her father in her family’s revenge. Tamora as well, while being a “villain” in this play, is not sitting at home sewing and weeping but plotting and doing whatever it takes to avenge the loss of her son. There is a real sense of power and dominance in these tragic women that has always struck me as profound and riveting.

Q: Three words to describe the play?
A: Beautiful, heartbreaking, love.

Q: Why is Shakespeare (and adaptations of Shakespeare) still relevant and important?
A: Shakespeare and his adaptations are incredibly relevant and important in today’s world because his topics, sometimes unfortunately, are still relevant today. Shakespeare has a way of peering into the mind and soul of those who have loss someone or are in love for the first time or are so hopeless he/she doesn’t know right from left, and it’s this insight that inspires those who adapt his work to go even further towards understanding the human experience we all share. These works remind us we are not alone, but that others relate to our experiences.

Q: What about this production excites you?
A: Unlike most of the other actors, I have the chance to do a lot of character work and be multiple people in this production. I am really excited to showcase a lot of unique women from different worlds and how they all exist in this one story.

Q: What do you hope audiences take away from watching Lucrece?
A: I hope our audience watches our production and begins a conversation. This is a play that you’re going to immediately have a reaction from watching but then the play will linger in your thoughts for days afterward and your impressions might change or grow stronger. It is a play to watch, reflect upon and then talk about. There are no happy endings or perfect characters, and I am excited to see how people respond to each character’s journey.

 

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