We’re asking Brandon about the upcoming production of Vigils and his role.
You play the Soul, the dead husband who is kept in a box by his wife. How would you describe him? How would you describe the relationship with his wife?
I think is a pleaser. Cause there is no other reason for him to stay in that damn box other than to just make her happy.
I think they have a very interesting relationship. I think at some point he didn’t really love her because he wanted to leave her when she was at her worst. But he stuck with her and over time I think learned to love her. However, after being stuck in that box for two years, he is definitely ready to move on and he is ready and wants her to move on.
Katie has said she’s wanted to direct this play for years and feels like this story can relate to anyone. What was it about this script that made you want to act in it?
I read the play a couple of years ago and thought it was such an interesting look at how people cope with losing a loved one. A very dramatic look. The idea of keeping the soul of your dead husband in a trunk so you’ll never forget him is absolutely crazy yielding a play that really peaked my interest!
This play is both humorous and heart-wrenching. How do you think you and the other actors will balance the two?
We’re pros. We got this. We’ve all had training in both of those areas so I think we will be able to convey what the playwright and director intended. I think we’ve all experienced losing someone you really care about so I think we will be able to pull from those experiences.
If you ever have a dead spouse (let’s hope you don’t), think you’ll try to keep them in a box?
I’m all about not dwelling in the past and looking forward to the future so I don’t think anyone will be locked in a box at the foot of my bed anytime soon. Besides, with my eating habits, I’ll probably be the first in the relationship to go.
For more information on Vigils please visit www.wishbonetheatre.org.
Greetings Friends and Fans of Wishbone Theatre! We’re proud to present our next main stage production, Vigils by Noah Haidle this May. In anticipation of this great comedic drama we’ve asked our own Katie Jones some question on the upcoming show:
You first saw “Vigils” a few years ago. What was it about this script and that production that led you to propose it to the Wishbone members as a 2011 production and has you now directing it?
I saw Vigils in 2006 in Chicago, but actually with actors who were in their mid to late 30s. That production had a lot of money behind it, so in many ways it was beautiful, but I felt it was missing the sense of playfulness that I saw as inherent in the script. Truly, I thought the play was funnier than they were letting it be. However, it also meant a lot to me because I was going through a time in my life where I had lost someone I loved. I really identified with the Widow, going through her cycles of grief and reliving all of the moments, playing out scenarios of things she could have done differently, that kind of thing. And I think we can all identify with the Soul – analyzing what kind of person you are based on the choices that you made or the chances that you missed. And, getting back to my original point, I think that these ideas are made more poignant if the humor of the script is allowed to counteract it. That’s why I thought it would be perfect for Wishbone – because we gravitate toward scripts that illuminate the human journey, and this play directly analyzes that journey, and what happens when it is over.
“Vigils” centers on two different relationships across different time periods in their lives. What is going to be your main focus for the show?
Hmmm….that’s an interesting question. I suppose my main focus of the show is to show that all four characters are essentially going through the same thing – dealing with how to love, even though we will inevitably lose the object of our love — whether that is another person, living life, happy memories, or whatever it is that they love. The Widow is the one in the story who is dealing with all of these things at once and each of the men are one facet of that.
The storyline of “Vigils” touches on a range of emotions from sadness to humor. What do you hope the audience gets from it?
I hope they leave feeling that life is hilarious and tragic and random, and that the amalgam of these things, these little moments, is a life. The Soul says, while he watches himself while he was alive, happy at Thanksgiving dinner, “Inside every second is an eternity.” I want them to leave knowing that despite the fact that we are all bound to meet the same end, the journey is what makes it all worthwhile.
The characters in “Vigils” don’t have names. They’re called “Widow” and “Soul.” Why do you think that is?
I think it’s because any of us could be these people. We’ve all been the Widow, whether we’ve lost someone through death, through a break-up, moving a long distance away, or a bunch of other reasons. We’ve all been the Wooer, trying to win someone’s affections and approval and waiting for our lives to be what we’ve dreamed. We’ve all been the Soul, wondering about the nature of our existence and what it all means. And we’ve all been the Body, just trying to get by and sometimes doing things without thinking. I think the author left them unnamed in order to say that it’s not our names or even our physical beings that identify who we are…it’s something hard to articulate because it is spiritual. We are all absolutely unique even despite so many similarities.
5. Ok, honestly, do you think the Widow is crazy for keeping her dead husband’s soul in box?Bat. Shit. Insane. I think she’s totally crazy, because that can happen when you lose someone you love. Nothing seems real and all you have are your memories because you can’t do the one thing you want more than anything else, which is talk to that person. And really, the only thing that seems to heal her is time.
For more information about Vigils please visit www. wishbonetheatre.org or check out our Facebook page! Stay tuned for next week’s interview with the SOUL.