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Meet Actor Megan Holcomb
Megan is performing in Lottery House by Angelica Howland, the next #newworkshop selection in Now & Then's 3rd season. Artistic Director John Perovich had a chance to speak with Megan about her role and process for the workshop. Lottery House by Angelica Howland will be presented to audiences Friday, November 15 at 7:30PM and Saturday, November 16 at 11:00AM.
John Perovich (JP): Megan, it's wonderful to have you joining us at Now & Then—for the very first time! Thank you for joining us for the reading, right on the heels of your successful run with The Burn by Philip Dawkins at BLK BOX PHX. Can you share a bit about your character with us?
Megan Holcomb (MH): My character (Alex Rogan) is a girl of few words who knows how the world works, but doesn't want to play by those rules. She is guarded, but desperately wants friendship.
JP: So much inner conflict built up inside of this character—guarded, by wanting friendship with others. I hadn't necessarily thought of that before in those words. Please tell us a bit about your process as an actor. How has it been different for this workshop?
MH: My process as an actor is to look at the text and use the information to develop my character. This workshop has been different because the text is changing throughout the week and we are being asked what works for us as actors in the text and what doesn't. I have really enjoyed this process for this particular piece. It came to us very well put together and it has been exciting to look with the playwright to refine different parts.
JP: It's incredible how many questions rest just underneath the surface of the play and how you and the rest of the actors worked through instinct and intuition to ask those questions to further refine and shape the play. It kind of feels like magic how that worked and shaped itself. That's the whole goal of the process and, if we're lucky, we'll be able to make a good deal of progress—and we've made a lot of progress this week. Final question, there are so many options for seeing theatre in the valley or staying at home to stream stuff (Disney+ seems to be on everyone's minds). Why should audiences check out Lottery House?
MH: Audiences should check out Lottery House because it lets us all live in Halloween spookiness a little longer. It is a great play with so many twists and turns—and horror and comedy. There is a great cast, director, crew, and playwright bringing all of it together.
Lottery House by Angelica Howland will be presented to audiences this Friday, November 15 at 7:30PM and Saturday, November 16 at 11:00AM. For info and tickets, click here.