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, Sam plays Marny; an over-achieving, fast talking, book-worm and occasional “speed queen” that attends Whetmore’s. Sound familiar? Read on to see who she reminds us of and how both Sam and Marny were housed!
Marny: Ravenclaw / Sam: Slytherin
“Marny is as far from a Griffyndor as you can get! Marny is a Ravenclaw, definitely a Ravenclaw! Right off the bat, the academic performance is in line with a Ravenclaw; she fills her plate until everything looks like it will fall apart but somehow she still manages to have a 4.0 and hold down a job and she has been through rehab and has done all of these things for the sake of maintaining excellence. According to some of her teachers it comes off as being cliche but she still does the job to a satisfactory point and will always do the job to a satisfactory point, and at the end of the day she gets into Yale! It is at a lot of expense but she is a seeker of perfection for perfections sake. In my research, for the character, I have deduced that Marny is an only child and is held to that kind of standard at home so it has kind of stayed with her throughout her life.” I mentioned here that I personally see Marny as “Hermione on crack” to which Sam responded, “Yeah! Exactly! But the thing that keeps Marny from being a Hermione and an extra smart Gryffindor is that she is not super brave, she wants people to come to her for things, for important discussions she wants people to open up to her first…She pushes people off for sure….but you know, everyone has to have their flaw.”
For Sam personally, being sorted into her house was quite an event, “I went my whole life thinking I would be sorted into Ravenclaw and I’m a fucking Slytherin! It was so upsetting! I was just reading about it some more because I haven’t really come to terms with it yet, I mean yes I wear black every day, yes I don’t talk to people, and when I walk around outside I will look people into their eyes and fucking burn them…because I hate humans…but I have been able to negotiate with the sorting a bit more because in the chinese zodiac I’m a snake and I guess it make sense. Snakes are the planners, they are kind of Type A, they are very into their appearances and little details…I make lists constantly…I’m trying to retionalize all of this because this sorting kind of hurt! I’m also looking forward to getting older and growing more into a Hufflepuff because that seems to be a thing that happens! There are no bad houses though so, I like to think I’m one of the Slytherins that goes in there and is like, I’m part of the resistance! I will fight! I’m just gonna wear all black and I will fight, I’ll be more stealthy!! Theres also talk of a Slytherin’s charm and being very beguiling, and I don’t date anymore so I can’t really say for sure wether that is true or not but what I can do is get a bunch of one-year olds to put their coats on and stand in line so…that takes laser focus and charm for sure!”
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.