Denise and I are actually VERY different. She feels everything in an extreme way and acts on impulse (ex- "Earthquake in Guatamala? I CAN FIX THAT!"). I, on the other hand, am very cerebral and tend to think when Denise would just...do. Her impulsiveness, when wielded correctly, is one of her greatest assets. On the other hand, that impulse is exactly what ultimately gets her in trouble.
The character you play is quite musical -- and so are you. Tell us more about these secret talents -- you don't brag about it on your bio.
Oh, jeez. Well...I was one of those children (one of MANY, I'm sure) who was obsessed with opera. I started singing opera very young (8 or 9 ish, maybe?) and eventually discovered musical theatre. General rule: if I appear deep in thought, I probably just have a 20 second excerpt of a song looping continuously in my mind.
What other similarities do you see between yourself and Denise?
Denise and I, while extremely different, have one very big thing in common: the fundamental belief that one person has the power (and responsibility) to enact change. That ideology manifests itself very differently for both of us, though. Denise wants to BE the change whereas I want to INSPIRE the change.
Salvation Road wrestles with the question of where to draw the line between church and cult. Where do you draw that line?
I believe that "Rockin' Nun" Sister Jean has the right idea: everything comes down to consent. If a person has all of the information and knows exactly what he or she is involved with, what right does anybody else have to label or judge? Also, I don't know a single person who doesn't have something he or she is a little "cultish" about...some people are involved in religious groups, others own every Neil Diamond album ever released. Either way, rock on.
If you had any advice to offer Denise, what might it be?
Oh, Denise. There are many things I'd love to tell her. She would listen very intently and genuinely want me to believe that my opinions are valid, but there's a very solid possibility that she would write me off as a crazy person. For example, I think Denise would benefit from some simple breathing exercises.
The play ends on an ambiguous note -- which some people find annoying and others say is rather exciting. How about you? If the play went for one more scene, what do you think might happen?
I love the ending. After watching these people for 90 minutes and learning the stories and the personalities, the audience (possibly for the first time) starts to really understand the uncertainty of the situation. Even if the story were to continue, there would still be a "cliffhanger" ending (intentional use of the word "Cliffhanger" because Cliff...that's a character...heh). Anyways, even if Denise were to wake up and decide that she was going to leave the Desciples and go home, that still wouldn't be the end of the story. Certain events may end, but those memories are going to influence her, her family, her decisions, etc. for the rest of her life. Sounds a whole lot like life, doesn't it?