Our series of brief interviews with Dogeaters actors was such a hit, we are trying it again!
First up is Katherine Turner who is doing double duty in this, our Ufot Play Cycle Rep. Katherine plays the young Abasiama in Sojourners and Sister in runboyrun.
What excited you the most about the project? What drew you to participate?
I remember back in March of 2015 when I was asked to work on a one of Magic's Virgin Play readings of runboyrun. I remember noting the culturally specific and psychologically challenging elements of Mfoniso's writing. And the themes that she expressed in her work and how they intercect in the play--spirituality, trauma, the various manifestations of love, identity, religion, etc.--intrigued me and created a world full of endless layers. Most of all, I loved the thought of bringing black characters to life onstage who functioned as much in the intellectual as in the emotional (if not more so) and what a new and exciting challenge that would be for me personally. I really wanted to be a part of telling that story.
Have you ever had Nigerian food? If so, what's your favorite dish?
I tried Nigerian food for the first time this year; cassava leaf stew and fufu. It was delish!
What's your favorite line from either of the plays?
The creation story is my favorite, but in summation:
"we are all those pieces of world brotherfighting to fuse back together."
"real god is simply a spirit that broke itself apartto learn and relearn over and over and over how to adore.and sothat meanssomewhere in this mess of a place...our pieces fit.we fityou fitas you are"