Meet the Girls of Some Girl(s)

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What would you do if you were about to get married? In Neil LaBute’s play Some Girl(s), a writer (Guy played by Grant McGowen) is determined to find the perfect woman before he gets married. As part of his quest, Guy goes to meet with some of his former girlfriends. A look at the young artist as a seducer, this romantic comedy explores the war between the sexes. Meet the four “girls” of Some Girl(s) and learn more about Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre’s latest production.

 

Grant McGowen and Julissa Sabino in Some Girl(s). Photo by Drake Simons

Julissa Sabino is Tyler

What attracted you to join the cast?

It was all pretty surreal because the Tyler scene from Some Girl(s) was actually the first scene assigned to me as a student at NYU. I just fell in love with LaBute from that point on, and when I found out that my favorite theatre in town was producing it and that the amazing Susan Reid would be directing, I knew I had to be a part of it. It was just my dream play to have as my Atlanta debut!

What character do you play?

I play the ever-so-reckless Tyler. Tyler is one of those girls that you meet and you can’t help but stare at them and envy the way that they live their lives. Never a care in the world, always has a cool attitude, does whatever her heart desires, and doesn’t worry about what others think of her. But, under all that illusion, is the true fact that she lives a lonely life where she equates sexual attention with being loved. She’s a broken artist, and I love her for it.

In what way are you most like your character?

Tyler and I both have the “whatever” gene. That’s where you learn to casually shrug everything off and casually turn any awkward situation into simple fun.

Besides your character, who is your favorite?

I’ve developed a soft spot for Lindsay. Perhaps because she’s one of the only characters that actually gives Guy exactly what he deserves. She kind of gets revenge for all of us. Not to mention, LaLa is incredibly hilarious!

 

Jackie Costello in Some Girl(s). Photo by Drake Simons

Jackie Costello is Bobbi

What attracted you to join the cast?

First off, I am incredibly honored to be a part of this cast. Everyone is amazing from the scene designer, stage manager, lighting designer to our director and fellow castmates.  Everyone brings something specific that is so true to them, and it is fascinating to watch.

I absolutely loved the script right off the bat! I think all the women in the play are very interesting, smart, and different. I wanted to do this play more than anything because I think every woman can find a little something to identify with. You may not necessarily have the character’s lives, but you can certainly identify with the feeling and what it might be like to have an ex-boyfriend suddenly want to meet with you.

What character do you play?

I play Bobbi. When I first read the play, I loved the character of Bobbi and wanted to play her more than anything. Bobbi knows who she is and is confident in herself. She was devastated in her relationship at one point and still has a bit of curiosity as to why Guy left her, but she has her life together now. When you’ve gone through that kind of devastating hurt in a relationship, there is no better feeling than being able to say “what was I thinking back then?”

In what way are you most like your character?

I think if I were in Bobbi’s situation, I would react VERY similarly.

Besides your character, who is your favorite?

That is a hard one. I really love all these women, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Tyler.

 

LaLa Cochran and Grant McGowen in Some Girl(s). Photo by Drake Simons

LaLa Cochran is Lindsay

What attracted you to join the cast?

As an actor in Atlanta, my goal is to always be working. You learn something every time you tackle a new role, work with new actors or a different company. I also love Susan Reid and was thrilled to have the chance to work with her again. Two other factors that were considerable: I live a half mile from the theatre and can get there quicker by bike than by car, and I’ve found that while doing a role that requires a certain degree of undress (as you’ll see with my character), you get looking better than you have in a while pretty quickly. The diet is called “90 People Staring at You in Your Underwear.”

What character do you play?

I play Lindsay, a Gender Studies professor. She is several years older than Guy with whom she had an affair that could’ve sidetracked both her career and marriage. She still carries a great deal of pain and anger over the way the Guy took off without a word and then took advantage of the situation by writing about it in a major magazine.

In what way are you most like your character?

How am I like Lindsay? Hmmmmm. That’s tough. I’d say we’re both good at speaking Truth to Schmuck. I have a hard time imagining going to a hotel room to meet someone who’d behaved so very badly. There’s the actor challenge.

Besides your character, who is your favorite?

I’m sure we all can relate to parts of each of these women and hopefully, so will our audience. They each have degrees of strength, vulnerability and humor that we all have. We just express them in different ways and at different ages and stages.

 

Kelly Criss in Some Girl(s). Photo by Drake Simons

Kelly Criss is Sam

What attracted you to join the cast?

The first thing that attracted me to joining this production was the fact that Susan Reid was directing. I worked with her on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Aurora, and I was excited to work with her again. I think she’s an incredibly smart and thoughtful director.

What character do you play?

I play Sam, a stay-at-home mom in Seattle. I imagine she has at least three kids, and while she loves her family, I think she’s always wondered what her life would be like if she hadn’t married so young or hadn’t stayed in Seattle. I feel like she’s hung up on a lot of “what ifs.”

In what way are you most like your character?

I think I relate to my character the most in our (sometimes) silly girl behavior. Sam mentions putting mementos from an old relationship in a box under your bed. I literally have a shoebox of stuff from my high school boyfriend buried somewhere in my bedroom closet at my mom’s house. I admire Sam for her ability to share some pretty embarrassing and personal stories–that’s something I wouldn’t be able to do. I totally get her unhealthy need to know what the girl she was dumped for looked like. Unhealthy obsessing in general is something I definitely relate to.

Besides your character, who is your favorite?

My other favorite character is probably Lindsay, played by LaLa Cochran. I’ve had an actor crush on LaLa ever since we did The Little Dog Laughed together several years ago. So, I love watching her onstage. I also feel there’s a connection between Sam and Lindsay. They both needed closure after being dumped by Guy, and though they go about it in very different ways, this meeting finally gives them both that chance.

 

Directed by Susan Reid, Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre’s production of Some Girl(s) opens October 5 and runs through October 21, 2012. For tickets and more information, please visit the theater’s website.