Meet our The Eva Trilogy team: Amy Nowak

Ciera Eis
Cast & Crew Bios
Jan 22, 2018

Amy Nowak offers her thoughts on Roisin, distaste for Father O'Leary, and what we all owe each other as human beings.

Amy Nowak's lovely face backstage

Can you tell us a little about your character? What do you think is his/her best or worst quality?

My character is Roisin. She’s quite young compared to the other characters, but she has a sense of purpose and confidence that I think comes to her quite easily. She’s seen a lot in her time as a hospice helper and been faced with some big questions. Her power comes from her ability to empathize and care for all around her. Growing up on a farm she learned early on about the circle of life and how treat all beings with equality and compassion. I would say her weakness is finding two matching god dam socks and getting the kids out the door on time

Which of the characters in the trilogy do you connect with? Which characters anger or repulse you? 

I would have to say Father O’Leary is the most repulsive character to me. It’s a strong word, repulsive. I feel bad for him because his life was chosen for him at a young age and he hasn’t been able to experience many things the average young person takes for granted. However, because I personally have never felt a spiritual calling or a connection to organized religion, it’s incredibly frustrating to watch a person be utterly controlled and trapped by a set of laws and stories that were created in a completely different time! The fact that Father O’Leary can preach about goodness and righteousness but then be so in adept when it comes to actually connecting with another human being or having true empathy for the suffering is quite sad to me. And, because of the power religion holds in our world today we must take these opinions as law. Ugh.

Romeo and Juliet (We Players, 2016). dir. Ava Roy. Amy Nowak (Peter) & Jennie Brick (Nurse). Photo by: Lauren Matley.
What is your favorite line in The Eva Trilogy ?

Its so hard to choose a favorite line because everything Eva says is magic. But, if I had to, I would say it’s Eva line from Eden, “The only country I come from is the womb and the whole human family comes from there.” It’s so simple but every time I hear it I immediately feel my chest sink and a lump form in my throat. As corny as it sounds, it’s so important to remind ourselves of how we got here, and like Eva, to thank the wombs from which we came. Every human on this earth, no matter the color, class or creed came from that same place. It’s a nice thing to think about.

Is there one of the plays in the trilogy that resonates with you more than the others? If so, why?

Honestly each play means something different to me, but for today I think I’d say No Coast Road was especially resonating. After the first two parts, I think the audience is craving some dialogue and an actual scene between two people. And boy do they get it. I love the unapologetic, fast pace of part 3. In parts 1 and 2 we hear so much talk about how Eva relates to others and it’s so satisfying to finally get to see it in action. For me, what’s so beautiful about No Coast Road is getting to see flashes of Eva: the mother, Eva: the daughter, and Eva: the lover all in one play. Also, it’s just plain fun.

 A Midsummer Nights Dream (We Players, 2017). dir. Ava Roy. Amy Nowak (Hermia/Snug). Photo by; Lauren Matley

What do you anticipate being the most challenging part of your journey towards performance, and which parts do you look forward to?

It will be hard not to get to watch the other two parts! I’ve so enjoyed watching them in rehearsal and know they will continue to evolve immensely. So much of Eden really informs part 2 for me and it’s hard not to get to watch it every night. I really look forward to hearing from the audience. I'm curious what they think of each part, since they’re so vastly different. I'm also looking forward to the thoughtful conversations it sparks about the end of life and all the hopes and fears that come along with that. It can often be a very private discussion, but I’m hoping this trilogy helps people consider more openly what our rights are as human beings and what we all owe one another at the end.

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