La MaMa Blogs: 6 Questions: Anastasia Olowin

Thursday, March 15, 2018

6 Questions: Anastasia Olowin

We continue our 6 Questions series with the cast of John Jesurun & Takeshi Kawamura's Distant Observer:Tokyo/New York Correspondence. Actress Anastasia Olowin took time our from rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions.  You can read them below and get your tickets to Distant Observer which plays The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa from March 16 - April 1, 2018.

1. Who do you play in Distant Observer? 
 Let's just say I work at the embassy and appreciate a good sandwich.

 2. What made you want to be a part of this project? 
 I've admired John’s work for a long time as a theater maker here in New York. When I learned that he and Kawamura were collaborating it sounded like such a fascinating project from two great minds that I just couldn’t pass up.

 3. What is your favorite part of (or favorite line from) the show? 
 "Stop yelling, we are in Starbucks.”

 4. What is the last good book you read (or film or theater piece or museum exhibit you saw etc)? 
 I was lucky enough to snag an advance copy of Leah Franqui's excellent debut novel "America for Beginners". It's a heartfelt, moving, and amusing story of human connection - the kind of book you get swept up in and can't put down.

 5. Who inspires you? 
 My creative partner and co-producer Victoria Frings. She’s one of the hardest working and most supportive people I know, and is committed to investigating bold, poignant - and often hilarious - storytelling. Our company, To-By-For Productions, is dedicated to telling female-centric stories and exploring how form enhances understanding.

 6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you? 
 I studied at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, so LaMaMa has been an important part of my theatrical upbringing. It’s a real pleasure to have the opportunity to perform here.


La MaMa presents

Distant Observer: 

Tokyo/New York Correspondence

Written and Conceived by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun
Translation by Aya Ogawa

Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun. The project is conceived as a play written and directed in collaborative partnership by both artists. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures.

Anastasia Olowin | Kotoba Dan | Claire Buckingham | Kyle Griffiths | Samuel Im

March 16, 2018 - April 1, 2018

The Ellen Stewart Theatre 
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; La MaMa's 10 @ $10 tickets available for all performances, while supplies last

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

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