Quotidian’s PR assistant, Lauren Katz, chats with Christine Kharazian, who plays the Violinist and Gurov’s wife.
What was your first theatrical experience? While I have been involved in many productions as a musician, my first truly theatrical experience was with Quotidian’s A Little Trick a couple of years back. However, while I was on stage and in a costume, there was little acting involved and the only sound I produced came from my violin.
What is most exciting about this play? What is most challenging? As I mentioned, this is the first time I’ve actually done any acting, so that has been quite exciting. The most challenging part is the mental switch between acting and playing music. Also I think it’s a challenge to convey musical beauty if you only get to play a very short excerpt. You don’t have much time, just few notes and that’s it. I try my best to be disconnected enough to play well and connected enough to know it’s time to play.
Why should audiences come to see this play? I think this play has many visually charming scenes. Our director, Stephanie Mumford has made many interesting decisions that make this play different and appealing to open-minded audiences. The tastefully presented cultural references turn it into, as one reviewer said “an intimate one-hour visit to late 19th-century Russia.” I think it is a really nice piece of dramatic art. Come see for yourself.