Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Lady Never Tells

I think it is important to realize that at one point in time, I used to be a man.

When I first started with Les Enfants, I was just as much a man as the rest of them. Of course, back then, we also had an actual woman in the group. After she left, it seemed almost necessary to have a woman because it opened up so much more to us both thematically and plot wise. When the idea was proposed that one of us should switch and be a woman, I was hesitant. Not only would I be changing my character that I had developed and worked on, but I’d be…well, changing my sex. Both of these issues I quickly resolved within myself and jumped on the opportunity (to have boobs.) It has been one of the more interesting characters that I have ever had to work on because the work is so emotionally open. And being a lady with five other buffoons is emotional work. However, I would not have it any other way. I have truly fallen in love with the character and the work that it has allowed me to do.

In my opinion, one of the most difficult aspects of this work is definitely building a strong ensemble. This is by far the most ensemble heavy work that I have ever done. You have to move together, look together, laugh together, spit together, think together, and feel together. It is essentially taking six guys in nude leotards and molding them into one giant clump of buffoon. The ensemble work is no doubt hard, but it truly completes the work.

Les Enfants is nothing without the support of a great audience. So please, grab a date, get something to wear, and come to prom with us.

Casey Kells
Les Enfants Terribles
Believe in Nothing, Mock Everything
July 16-August 14 at Red Tape Theatre

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