Luara Cole returns to the stage to reprise her role in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. Along with being the Education Director at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, she is an actor around Atlanta and Off- Broadway! Check out this quick interview as she talks about being a part of this year's production.
1. What is your name and who do you play in Doctor Faustus?
I am Laura Cole and I play Mephistopheles and all the other characters besides Faustus (No joke, there are a few)
2. How long have you worked at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse?
This is my 22nd season as an actor here!
3. Is there a moment in the show that resonates with you?
I love doing every moment of this show, but when Mephistopheles speaks about how compelling or beautiful humans are (he ISNT human but a fallen angel) I really enjoy those moments- he’ll never be human but is still stuck in Hell anyway.
4. What is it like performing in the round as opposed to regular staging?
It is sometimes a challenge to keep all the audience in mind at every moment but most of the time I am thinking about them anyway so it isn’t too hard.
5. What is different about this production as opposed to the last time you did it?
Hummm. That is a loaded question for me- I am almost 8 years more experienced, so that is a big difference in outlook, energy, shape. The most obvious is a different actor as Faustus. I love both my Faustus’ so it has been a joy both times!
6. Is there something you want the audience to leave with after the performance?
I hope they enjoyed the swiftness of the story and the varied ways we tell the tale!
7. Who are these sound demons I hear about? Other Tavern actors in cloaks, that utilize all our sound sculpture knowledge in creating live sound effects as the play happens.