This Monday (May 9), Theatre Vertigo and the Cardboard Box Company once again present the phenomenon known as Anonymous Theatre. Woody Allen's hilarious Don't Drink the Water is the production, but the real star of this show is the premise: The actors will meet each other for the first time, onstage, in character, and perform the play… anonymously. We recently caught up with one of the anonymous performers and tried to break her vow of secrecy.
Hello, mystery person. Why don't you tell us your name and what part you'll be playing…
I can't tell you my name and I won't tell you what part I'm playing.
Fine, be that way. Is the idea of performing a play without having rehearsed with, or even met your fellow actors, kind of terrifying?
My feelings have swung from abject terror to a kind of intoxicated exhilaration, much like someone about to embark on their first parachute jump.
How do you prepare to act in a show like this?
I've been working on my lines day and night. I figure that at the very least if I speak my lines when I'm supposed to, I can't go too far wrong. It's a kind of formal improv.
Tell us about the play, Don't Drink the Water.
It's the story of three New Jersey tourists who are thrown into extraordinary circumstances in Eastern Europe. It's Woody Allen before he got too self-aware.
Mercury film editor Erik Henriksen informs us that Don't Drink the Water contains "kissin' scenes." Do you think it will be awkward to perform an unrehearsed, anonymous "kissin' scene"?
I personally look forward to kissing a stranger in front of a couple hundred people.
What if the actor playing your kissing partner is Mercury film editor Erik Henriksen?
Well, based on the way I kiss, I could look forward to never getting a bad film review in my life.