Here at Copious Love, we follow many fandoms. We are largely made up of enthusiastic fan girls and boys and we proudly follow the PotterVerse with feverish enthusiasm. It just so happens that there is quite a bit of Hogwarts talk in our new show, “The Untitled Play About Art School” by Nelle Tankus (tickets available NOW!) and like the books, our show takes place largely at a school. Our Directing team decided it would be appropriate to sort and house our entire cast to help with a bit of character development. It actually became a very meaningful discussion that has carried on throughout the rehearsal process and I thought our audience would enjoy what we learned. We hope this is enjoyable for both Muggles as well as our fellow Wizards and Witches.
Just so you know, Wizarding School and Art School are actually quite similar (fact!) Both require immense dedication, passion and pride in the process. Both at Whetmore’s College of Performing Arts and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we have a group of students that end up facing the worst monster that any of us could possibly imagine while simultaneously trying to graduate on time. In Nelle’s play, it’s up to Amy Antonia to stop this monster alongside a mysterious partner in crime; Echo. Echo, a hero from another time period, is played by the incredible Grace Carmack. Grace recently sat down with me to discuss where Echo was sorted and what that means for the character.
Echo: Gryffindor / Grace: Slytherin
I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried. I walk into rehearsal for “The Untitled Play About Art School” and here is Grace Carmack, wielding a f*cking giant sword. Instantly, the Sorting Hat in my mind bellowed, “It must be…Gryffindor!” As it happens, that is truth!
Grace explains, “Echo is a very bold hero character and Gryffindor is where a lot of our bold heroes come from. She holds a lot of the values that Gryffindors embody. One of the biggest ones being loyalty. I think that although she understands her circumstances are not ideal and they are not exactly her choices…she knows she has a duty to do what she has been set up to do and that is a very Gryffindor trait.” Sounds like a typcial heroic situation to me!
While Echo is clearly a Gryffindor, Grace is most certainly a Slytherin. “Gryffindors are far more noble and I feel like Echo’s choices are a lot more respectable than mine in a lot of ways *laughter from all of us.* Not like my choices are always bad and Echo’s are always good, but when we look at everything she does, she does it with integrity, she does it with a lot of forethought and she does it really well. Slytherin characteristics, for me at least, are more about instinct and impulse; just revving up and jumping without looking. Echo’s character is thinking about the long game. She’s looking at the big picture. All the time.”
Join Copious Love Productions for our first full-length production of Season 4, “The Untitled Play About Art School” by Nelle Tankus. Nelle Tankus is a trans woman playwright and performer born and raised in Seattle, and is an alumni of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers’ Retreat.
Get your tickets for the show now (prices go up at the door!) so you don’t miss out on flesh-eating monsters, anarchy and revenge!! For tickets CLICK HERE!
Opening December 1st through the 21st at the 12th Ave Arts Center on Capitol Hill.