Monica Finney plays Izzy, a sexy young writer willing to do whatever it takes to get where she wants to go.
We asked Monica if she had ever had an experience like the class her character takes in Seminar. Her experience wasn’t quite as intense but terrifying nonetheless. The same experience also served as an introduction to the world of writing for the public.
“I participated in an instant play festival at college, where I wrote a piece overnight that was then rehearsed the next day and put on the following night,” she wrote. “It was fun! It was scary to have something you wrote get presented on stage, scarier I think than performing. Luckily I had a good response.”
Monica’s favorite writers include Tana French - an Irish author (and actor) best known for her novel Broken Harbour. Monica finds French’s characters well developed and interesting. “They're just really good.” Monica is also a fan of Jane Austen (Ms. Austen gets treated a little harshly in the play). “She too has a really keen way of describing characters and she's funny,” Monica notes.
Like many of us, Monica dreams of a career as an Actor (with the Dream Role as Hedda Gabler being the pinnacle), but she also thinks it would be really fun to compose movie scores as a career.
“Not sure if I have ever been recognized off the street,” Monica wrote when asked why people might recognize her out and about. “I suppose if I was it would be for being in a show.”
Oh and here’s an interesting tidbit about Monica. She plays the drums in her boyfriend’s professional gypsy jazz band fairly regularly.
Seminar by Theresa Rebeck runs July 11 – August 3, 2014. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.