On a breezy Tuesday afternoon outside of a Starbucks, I sat down with Co-Producers and actresses Chris Holliday and Aamira Welthy to talk about their upcoming off-off Broadway show, “Be a Good Little Widow.” The next morning Director, Elena Araoz took a break from another project to do a phone call with me. They were all very passionate about this show and working together. Here’s a little inside look into their play:
The Playbill Collector (TPC): How did you arrive at this particular show?
Chris Holliday (CH): Aamira and I met at the William Esper Studio. Since that time we have talked about Producing something together. One day Aamira was at the Drama Book Shop and I got a call saying “this is it.” After I read the script the first time, I fell on the floor sobbing. I’ve read it over twenty times and I cry every time.
Elena Araoz: (EA): The playwright’s language is uber modern. It’s the way young people speak. In a lot of respects is seems like realism.
TPC: How large is your cast?
CH: Four people. Our cast and crew are the nicest, hardest working, honest and intelligent group.
TPC: Have any of you worked together before?
AW: Elena and I worked together previously. Everyone else is new.
TPC: Tell me about the sets and costumes.
Both CH and AW: Ahhhhh!
CH: The set was done by Greg Kozatek and George Hoffmann who are geniuses.
AW: We have a functioning house on stage but it is dreamlike. They created an abstract set which reminds me of Tim Burton’s fantasy film “Edward Scissorhands”.
EA: The show is most often done with a reality set. We chose to go abstract to highlight the theatricality of the piece.
TPC: What’s the run time of the show?
EA: 90 minutes. It’s jam-packed with huge epic events. There is tragedy yet still maintains a modern sense of humor. There is a great sense of dry wit, irony and sarcasm. It’s a challenge to the actors to go to hell and back but stay funny.
AW: It’s very comedic and light hearted but touching as well. Honestly, it’s an emotional rollercoaster.
TPC: How large is the theater?
CH: 89 seat amphitheater. It’s in the east village which is fun and lively.
“Be a Good Little Widow” opens Thursday September 12th at “The Wild Project” theater. For more information take a look at their website: http://beagoodlittlewidow.com