We are pleased to give you another actor spotlight, this time on core company member Lara Mielcarek. You'll remember her as everyone from Julia to Ophelia, to Kate, to Beatrice. This summer, she's getting ready to play our Lady M.
WHY COME PLAY WITH US AT OSF?
This is year ten for me. And many of those years I was bouncing around... bouncing from Grad School (Penn State) back to OSF and then NYC back to OSF... and every time it felt like returning to the Hundred Acre Wood--this totally magical place. It actually was painful to leave OSF and NE Ohio in general those years I had to bounce back to the city or to wherever else. And when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change, you choose the change. (I have incredibly wise things to impart—lol!) But seriously, it took me a little while to stop trying to do and be where I thought I was supposed to do and be, and to let myself live a life I love. And my god, do I love the Festival. And NE Ohio's theatre scene in general. There's some killer stuff going on. But OSF is pure magic.
HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A MAN?
Once with a single LOOK!!!
THEN YOU ARE TOTALLY READY TO PLAY LADY M. WHAT'S THE BEST THING YOU'LL GET TO SAY?
(Hello to the family. Old and new. But that's offstage.)
It's such an active line with such a sweet, clear need and goal. AND she is SURE she's winning! All the acting lessons made easy with two words. Thanks, Will
WORST THING YOU'LL HAVE TO SAY?
"What thou wouldst highly,
That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,
And yet wouldst wrongly win"
YOU TRY SAYING IT! Damned veritable tongue twister. No skipping the vocal warm-up for this part!
BEST SPOT REMOVAL ADVICE?
- Boil a pot of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water (use as much as needed depending on size of "spot")
- Pour over "spot"
- Cover all with a plain white tee shirt
- Hot iron over the tee shirt
- "Spot" will lift into tee shirt
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SHAKESPEARE?
I love that I thought I hated it when I was a young actor. And I love knowing that the reason I thought I hated it was out of fear of failure. And now that I can look that fear of failure in its hairy eyeball, I love proving it wrong... showing it who's boss... bullying that fear around... I love that I'm confident with it all now! But still and most importantly I am un-a-damn-fraid to not understand, to have to ask questions, or even totally get it wrong. Also, you get to sound super smart saying some of these lines.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE OSF ROLE?
Each one had something:
- Emilia: "lay thee down and ROAR" (Othello, 2007)
- Olivia: "most wonderful!" (12th Night, 2014)
- Beatrice: "as strange as the thing I know not." (Much Ado, 2015) And of course, the excitement of getting into and OUT OF the pond each night!
- Lucetta walking in as Julia stuffed the paper in her (my) mouth (Two Gents, 2008)
- Coming down the steps after "Ay! Ay! Antipholus" to Bernie's hilarious bewildered face.(Comedy of Errors, 2013)
- Titania feeding Bottom (we miss you Ernie!) some "new nuts"
- Kate and Petruchio's fight scene (Andrew when will be together again?!)
- Portia nervously entering the courtroom
CAN YOU TELL THAT THIS HAS NO END?!
SHARE AN OSF ANECDOTE WITH US?
There isn't a soul walking down to our Hundred Acre Wood this year that isn't carrying Henry Bishop heavy in their hearts. I remember the first time Henry decided he thought I was a good actress. It was the summer of Two Gents, Hamlet and I Hate Hamlet. I don't think I have ever been so flattered by a simple compliment. Not knowing Henry as well as I would end up knowing him, I somehow just knew his word was thought out and sincere. He was also dazzling me that summer with his Gravedigger (Hamlet, 2008). He was funny as hell, devoted as hell. He was our Friar Tuck and our Radagast. We've got a hole to fill this year... and I'll bet we fill it with laughter--hopefully because Derrick screws up some line to the point where it ends up sounding downright FILTHY. (And therein lies the anecdote.)