Tell me a little bit about your character.
Karen Nash is living the dream, married to the love of her life, and finds herself in danger of losing everything she holds most dear. Her kids are in college and she has looked up in life to find that this time with her beloved that she was looking forward to may be going a different way than she was counting on. She is also radically accepting of the aging process, a concept that is fairly unusual, and not just for the 2007 time frame in which this part of the play has been set. Feeling the ground beneath her shake a bit, she engineers an opportunity to rekindle the romance in her marriage. Things do not go as planned. But Karen is not going to go down without a fight.
What were some of the challenges for you in working on this piece?
Karen and Sam have an interesting love language, but I think it is one that people will recognize. On its face it could be read as bickering, but there is genuine affection there. And they really have what a lot of people aspire to in a partner: an intellectual equal who will keep you on your toes for an entire lifetime. This could be a challenge I guess, but Neil Simon’s amazing words, Shawn’s direction and the incredible partner in crime I have for this Act make it enjoyable. On its face this scene could be read as a fight but it really is a dance. Lucky me, I have the amazing Jack Stein to dance with! This “work” has really been a total pleasure with Jack. Poor Jack, he’s stuck with me now.
What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
I so hope audiences feel the love on (and behind) that stage. And oh! The wonderful supporting cast we have! Awesome does not begin to cover it. There is a lot of love, a lot of funny and a profound sense of care that has gone into bringing Plaza Suite to life and I guess the happy obligation is to reflect that back onto an audience. For the chapter on the Nashes from Mamaroneck the reminder that love is a choice, a daily choice, in every long term relationship is what I hope everyone walks away with. Some days are easier than others to choose that beloved again and again, but I hope everyone lets that Neil Simon laughter wash over them and feels good about their choices.
Plaza Suite will be playing at LTA June 14 - July 5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelittletheatre.com