Garrett and Jenny in G$M now…
Terrific actors (and swell all-around people) Jenny Seastone Stern and Garrett Neergaard have played Bart and Holly (aka Goldor and Mythyka) since we produced a segment of G$M in THE GERM PROJECT at 3LD way back in June 2011. They’ve been instrumental to the play’s development ever since, and it’s been thrilling to watch both play and production grow around all the oomph, awww and general delight they bring to their roles. We thought we’d ask them a few questions about what this long and very specific process has meant to them.
You guys have inhabited these characters on and off for two years, a weensy bit longer in Jenny’s case… and have helped develop the piece during all that time in between. And you’ve done it together! Which makes us feel so lucky.
Are there ways in which that’s made this project special or different? Or… what’s most excited you about the journey so far…
GARRETT: I would say that this is the most in-depth experience I’ve gotten to have with a character. Over that last two years, since my first involvement with G$M in The Germ Project, the play has had many incarnations. Getting to experience each incarnation has definitely informed who Bart is in the current production. He’s changed pretty drastically. It seemed like it was a much more stylized performance I did in the Germ, and while there are still traces of that today, what we have now is a very rich flushed-out world with dynamic characters going through giant transformations. It’s truly an adventure to get to take that journey with all that we’ve done behind it.
GARRETT: I don’t know. An amazing show, for sure. It’s an entirely different play than what we presented in the Germ. I think it will surprise people. If all goes according to plan, it’ll definitely raise some spirits and break some hearts. I’m as proud of this production as anything I’ve done. I guess that’s about it. So get your Myth on, people!
…and 2 years ago, in THE GERM PROJECT production! Both photos: Jim Baldassare