Kathleen Turner Offstage
April 28, 2011 by Post Team
Kathleen Turner Offstage, Kathleen Turner will return to Broadway in “High”, a new play by John Lombardo at the Booth Theatre, opening April 19. She introduces herself as the sister Jamie, a tough as nails, foul-mouthed, alcoholic recovery nun whose job is to provide tough love to recovering addicts as they come to your church for rehabilitation under the direction of the stoic father Michael Delpapp, played by Stephen Kunke. Tough approach, but with empathy Jamie’s sister to rehabilitation is challenged when 19 year old street hustler Cody Randall, played by Evan Jonigkeit, pushed on her as a patient after his failed attempt suicide by deliberate overdose. Cody nihilistic approach to his addiction and life in general over time sister Jamie challenge “seen it all” attitude until, finally, a secret discordant about the relationship between the Father Delpapp and Cody and is brought to light by a the three characters to deal with difficult truths about themselves.
Not much has changed since I started, because, to me, all my nerves occur offstage. Before going is when I’m like “coming on, let’s doing this!” Before we go on to have the time to think about whether something will go wrong or you forget a line. Once I set my foot on stage I can do something about what happens. I’ma very practical person. So let me get on stage and I’m fine. What is now is really very delicious. Delicious is a good word for it. It feels good.
This is a personal story of Matthew Lombardo, the playwright; it is a recovering addict to crystal meth. Thus, much of this work has been telling Matt, “What exactly do you want this character to say now?” He will give us the words and everything and then try and find the exact intent and very often we find common ground.
Therefore, this process has been much study on the construction of the script that is different from being given a script and told to make it work. For example, do not change a word of Edward Albee. I mean, if you change a single word of it, Edward is shown in his dressing room and I wonder why. What has actually done?
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