Sheena Laird joins the 2nd Act Players for our 60 is the New 40 Play Festival, playing two characters in two different short plays.
Below, read Sheena’s thoughts on acting, the challenges she faced in the festival and her hopes for the future of theater.
- How and why did you get into acting?
I started acting as a kid in community theater productions. I loved rehearsals, the costumes, the bright lights and the stage. Most of all, I loved being imaginative and getting to play!
2. If you could play any character in any play or movie, who would you pick and why?
Moira Rose! I adore Schitt’s Creek and am tickled by the lens through which Moira views the world. Her vocabulary is unparalleled!
3. In this festival, how are you tackling the challenge of play multiple characters in multiple plays?
I really enjoy getting to play multiple characters in shorter plays or sketches. For these plays, I ground myself with a couple specific props for each character. It was also helpful to fully fill out each character’s back story so that when I’m in the scene, I have a vivid understanding and feeling for each character’s life and current state of being.
4. What are your hopes and expectations for theater in a post-Covid world?
I’m eager to see how we embrace technology in future shows. How will we combine virtual and live performances? Contrarily, I think there will also be a need to create theater that allows the audience to totally unplug after months of intense electronics usage. So, I’m excited to see where both avenues take us.