Elizabeth Hansen (R.C.) is very happy to be making her Dominion Stage debut with this production of Bug. Some of her favorite past theatre experiences include Apotheosis (Devising Ensemble), Crave (C), Phaedra’s Love (Phaedra), and Trojan Women (Trojan Woman – Armenia). JJ, it’s super weird not having you in the room. Mom and Chris, all the love, as always.
Come see Elizabeth and the rest of the cast in Bug by Tracy Letts, Oct. 3-18, 8pm; Gunston Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington. Buy Tickets Now!
What do you find most appealing about this show and your role in it?
The most appealing thing about BUG is its fearlessness in the grotesque. Letts unabashedly takes you where the story needs to go, whether you want to go there or not. I have a strong respect for artists that do that, and prefer to work on art which follows that standard.
How long have you been involved in theatre and what made you get into it?
I’ve been involved in theatre since high school. I was “persuaded” to attend a Theatre meeting by a friend, and two weeks later I found myself auditioning for my first play. When I got cast, I fell in love with the whole process of theatre – rehearsals, especially. They combine my love of research, hard work, and play in a way that I find incredibly satisfying.
How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on? or, What’s something you’ve done in this show that you’ve never done before in any other show?
Funnily enough, BUG doesn’t tend to differ much from other plays I have done. I tend to be attracted to, and cast in, dark, emotionally intense work. I suppose the main difference this time around is that I’m playing one of the more “well-adjusted” characters. That’s a fun, different experience for me.
What creeps you out the most?
I tend to be very creeped out my sea creatures, especially fish and squid/octopi. The amount of creepiness increases if I’m in the water with them, and the depth of said water. Supermassive black holes also tend to freak me out in a wonderful way, as well as the general ridiculous size of most things in the universe. My brain just stops comprehending after a while. Also, people sleepwalking. Seriously. That is one of the creepiest things to watch.