“If you are wondering if I had any trouble identifying with my character: No! I hope I’m much kinder to my child than she is to hers. But, even though I was never a drinker myself, I lived with one for many years. So, that part of the territory is very familiar to me, and the pathology that goes with it. The role is a challenge because the playwright doesn’t answer that ‘why’ question. He doesn’t explain himself at all. There is a line in the play where I say to my daughter, ‘Do you think any amount of talking is gonna make you feel as though we’ve said everything we need to say?’ I think this writer believes there are things you can’t explain. People just do them and you absorb the doing of them. And no amount of talking is going to tell us why. His writing has that Idaho no-nonsense thing about it. And I like it. In approaching the role, I thought it was really important to maintain the inherent humor within the play. What surprises me is the number of people who are moved by the ending. This woman does not evoke any sympathy, but people still give it to her. I’m surprised by this. Maybe I have a really dark soul.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). On July 3, Arts in Review hosts….