Friday, January 04, 2008

Chatting with Monique Wilson, part 1

Monique Wilson--actress, director, teacher, artist-activist--was in town a few times last year to oversee the New Voice Company's production of Into the Woods. She stayed for two weeks in December to catch the show's opening and then flew back to her London home, but not before I managed to catch her for an exclusive video interview. Blame the holiday rush for my tardiness in sharing the clip, but here it is (or at least half of it).

Talking to and listening to Monique is always an interesting experience not only because of the wealth of creative talent and exposure that buttresses her stories and insights (over three decades in theater!), but also because of the way she puts them across--with great clarity, humor, passion, incisiveness. Qualities you don't see often on TV where her appearances are typically reduced to soundbites.

In part 1 alone of the interview, she roamed over a broad range of topics, among them:

Why Into the Woods?
The dark allure of fairy tales
Singing Sondheim as "the Olympics of musical theater"
Working with New Voice Company
Do musicals still matter?
Would she do Miss Saigon again?
Actors who can sing or singers who can act?
Would she cast a show through reality TV?

Part 2 is ready for uploading as well, but that'll be for another post. In the meantime, enjoy this chat with one of the country's most important--and most articulate--theater artists.

PLUS: Verbatim: Monique Wilson


Joliber P. Mapiles said...

Hello, I've added you on my Link Partners column.. Hope you can do the same.. Thanks..

Joliber Mapiles of

mitsuru said...

nice interview. bad camera angle. doesn't do justice to monique's beauty.

solution: fire the cameraman...

oops. he-he.

RentHead said...

'love her! she's one of the most brilliant thespians of our generation. 'hope she'll be tapped to do another West End show.

gibbs cadiz said...

JOLIBER, hi, okay thanks, will do it as soon as i update my links. :)

MITS, haha, ilaglag ba ako. :)

RENTHEAD, sana nga. :)

agwe23 said...

where's the part 2 !?!?!?!

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