Thursday, May 16, 2013

Meet a Robber: Stefanie Johnsen on Schweitzer

We'll be sharing perspectives from our cast of "The Robbers" periodically throughout the run. Here's Stefanie Johnsen (pictured, left) on Schweitzer.

What were your initial impressions when you first read The Robbers? I am very attracted to the language and I loved the possibility in a script like this performed for modern audiences with women. It seemed like a BIG challenge, so I was interested to see how it would pan out.
What's your favorite classical play? 
Classical American is Tennessee Williams – no one writes heartbreaking character like he does. When it comes to genuine classical, nothing beats Euripides’ Medea or Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus

If you could play any male role in theatre, what would it be and why? Katurian Katurian Katurian from The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh. Any male character from any of his shows, really. If you haven’t read The Pillowman, give yourself a treat and buy it NOW.
What do you think motivates your character? 
Schweitzer is motivated by violence. He loves his captain only because Charles enables his affair with aggression and bloodshed.
Other than robbing (or ruling, etc), what kind of job do you think your character would be good at? 
Schweitzer would defend his country, absolutely. Army, marines, navy, air force: whatever puts a weapon in his hands and puts him on the front line.
What do you think your character does to relax when not directly involved in the events of the story? 
Hahaha! Probably polishes his knife or bullies the locals.
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