Gayle and Goldie, two actors from TONYC's Housing Works Troupe, talk about what drew them to join the troupe. This interview is part of a series conducted by Lance Richardson, in preparation for TONYC’s third annual Legislative Theatre Festival Inside/Outside.
GAYLE: I hate it when people discriminate against others because they’re different. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to join Theater of the Oppressed: to get out of my little shell –– because I’m kind of shy generally –– and spread the word that being different is okay, that being different can be good.
GOLDIE: I’ve always had a passion for theater. TONYC gives people an insight in what’s happening nowadays, and also what’s going to happen in our future.
GAYLE: I learned to find my voice.
GOLDIE: You help an audience recognize the trails and tribulations that we face through society’s stereotyping and discrimination.
GOLDIE: I want the audience to know that they can help change a situation. The audience can get up and actually offer ideas and inspiration, re-enacting whole scenes with us. I think it’s a lovely feeling, because you bring reality to the stage.
GAYLE: I like that, ‘bringing reality to the stage.’ It has a good ring to it!