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, Jade plays Amy Antonia, one of the heros of the tale! Amy attends Whetmore’s College of Performing Arts and is getting ready to graduate when she misses her final performance due to a panic attack. Immediately following this incident she is given an ultimatum, perform her final in two days time and see the school counselor or risk getting expelled right before graduation. In the meantime, a monster stalks the school and the students wind up in mortal danger…you know…typical art school shenanigans.
Read on to see where Amy was sorted and how Jade feels her house speaks to Amy’s character!
Amy: Slytherin / Jade: Slytherin
“Amy was sorted in Slytherin! At first I was skeptical, but the more I think about it, it does make sense. We had a bit of a back and forth with the rest of the cast as to whether or not I should take the quiz again because it also made sense to us for Amy to be sorted into Ravenclaw….so there was a bit of a civil war! But as Jade, I based more of my choices around Amy’s Slytherin characteristics because they made sense to me. She has that desire to go forward and that desire to WIN. If you could “win” at art school, she would be winning! To her, she is the hardest working, she is the one who bleeds on her pages, she is the one who stays up at night and cries over her words, she “kills her babies”, and she moves on but she keeps those scars! She is very much THAT artist. Its all or nothing for her, but not in a glorified way. I think that is ultimately what I really want to put into creating Amy and what I want to bring across on stage, that intensity of her absolute devotion to the spirituality of her art….and I think that might have been the smartest thing I’ve ever said.” Spoiler alert, she absolutely does bring that intensity to this role and you can feel it all the way into the lobby. Get your tickets. I’m serious.
As far as personally being sorted, we have a match! Jade was also sorted into Slytherin! “For different reasons than why Amy was sorted into Slytherin! Jade is a selfish person, she gets really blindsided and zoned into things that she wants and she may or may not walk through or very aggressively shoulder bump anything or anyone in her way. Without meaning to! I always come back and apologize but I get so zeroed in on things and then accidentally it can come off as being a bitch! I think Slytherins, in that way, are wonderfully complex and playing with that on stage and having that insight in helping to develop Amy’s character has been very, very fun.”
Now is your chance to see this wonderful performer and this incredible cast on stage! Click HERE for tickets and 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.