Spark Plug: Meg Fee

Spark Plugs: An interview series with playwright and the artists of Spark.


Time: Last week of performances, five minutes before the house opens.

Setting: Stage right on the set at Access Theater.  Ms. Fee is not yet in costume, Ms. Santillo is hoping the audience doesn’t come in yet.


ANGELA SANTILLO
They are just about to open the theater.  Let’s do this.

MEG FEE
It will be like word association.

AS
Exactly.  What do you think makes good theater?

MF
Risk.   I think it’s all in the attempt.  It doesn’t matter if it fails as long as it’s an attempt at something scary.  There has to be fear involved.  There has to be high stakes in something you can lose.

(Preshow music starts to play.)

AS
What do you love most about performing?

MF
The play with the other person.

(Stage manager announces house is open.)

MF (contd.)
Being with another person on stage, having to trust them, knowing that you could both fail together.

AS
What is the most challenging part about playing the goddess of love?

(Pause.
A longer pause.)

MF
Let’s go back to that.

AS
Okay.  Do you have any preshow rituals?

MF
For this show, having a latte and a cookie.

AS
Finish this phrase:  I hope the audience…

MF
Thinks about the play at some point during the next day.

AS
And let’s go back to the goddess question.

MF
The most challenging part…I think it’s that she’s a person who has so many emotions.  That she really truly can hold two opposing ideas, one in each hand, and each are valid.  She loves and she hates, she is so angry and so desperately in need.  I think she feels everything really deeply and she doesn’t always have the words or the piece of mind to express it in a rational way.

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