La MaMa Blogs: 6 Questions: Rolls Andre and Elena McGhee

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6 Questions: Rolls Andre and Elena McGhee



Rolls Andre and Elena McGhee are up next in our 6 Questions with the cast of SEAGULLMACHINE. Now in its second week at The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa, SEAGULLMACHINE is a mashup of Chechov's The Seagull and Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine.  Don't miss this epic production by The Assembly, now through May 5th only.




1. Who do you play in SEAGULLMACHINE? 
Rolls: Shamrayev...the lead...but ssshhh don't tell Arkadina...
Elena: Paulina 

2. The play asks “What’s the good of making theater anyway?”  How would you answer that? 
Rolls: Theatre is a place where ideas can be debated, explored and challenged. We HAVE to make theatre. Theatre entertains and provokes us.
Elena: The good in making theatre is that we gather as a live community, and we are sorely lacking in direct contact with other people. Social media is an oxymoron, more isolation is happening as a result of social online contact. 

3. Do you have a preference: Anton Chekhov or Heiner Müller?
Rolls: I'm a Chekhov guy for sure but there's no need to choose between the two. hamletmachine is an amazing piece of work.
Elena: Chekhov.

4. Do you have a “dream role” or a favorite role you've played?
Rolls: Uncle Vanya...Falstaff...Lear in that order...
Elena: Lady in Orpheus Descending, Mary Queen of Scots 
Any role in a Churchill play 

5. What is the last good book/play/film/art exhibit you’ve seen/read?
Rolls: "The FerventYears" by Harold Clurman. One of my biggest inspirations as a theatre artist...I re-read it every few years.
Elena: film: Moonlight 

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
Rolls: It feels good to be playing in a theatre that is such a big part of NYC theatre history. Like my character in the Seagull...I'm a big theatre history buff. I'm so excited!!!
Elena: It means being a part of a Tradition of experimental theatre history that embraces cultures world wide. 

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La MaMa in association with
The Assembly presents 


Created by The Assembly 
Conceived by Nick Benacerraf 
Co-directed by Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf 
Text by Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller, and The Assembly 

 April 14 - May 5, 2018 

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

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors; first ten tickets to every performance available for $10 each, advance sales only, as part of La MaMa 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative 

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE