JM: I played Sis in Leaving Iowa, Elizabeth in Pride and Predjudice, Catherine in Uncivil Union: The Battle of Burnsville, Fred’s wife in A Christmas Carol, and most recently, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. I also directed Seussical, Big River, and The Complete History of America: abridged.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
JM: I teach theatre at Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools to grades 6-8. We do one production a year, and I direct or act in about 2-3 shows per year at Parkway.
Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?
JM: I knew pretty much everyone in this cast from previous shows. There are several cast members whom I taught at EY or CR which is fun; I like seeing them grow up and continue to be involved in theatre.
Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
JM: Laundry jokes during the camp scene.
Q: What is your favorite line from the show?
Not a line, but a moment. I love the scene where Trinity (Malinda) gives her baby to her cousin. It’s very powerful and poignant–it takes quite a bit to make me cry, but I get very emotional when she does it; I always think about what it would’ve been like to give up my son at 6 months old. Heartbreaking!
Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?
JM: When I was in 4th grade, I was in a play about the Civil War (ironically!) and was bitten by the bug.
Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?
JM: It has an all-star cast, is EXTREMELY well written and directed, and the technical elements are going to be awesome. It’s fun, historical, and has something for everyone.
Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?
JM: He’s not really “classic,” but as my students know, I’m a little obsessed with Hugh Jackman. I think he is amazingly versatile, and also extremely attractive…
Q: What is it like to work on a world premiere play?
JM: It’s fun. This is the second one of these I’ve done (the first was Uncivil Union) and I like watching the script evolve and change.