Morrow is the “un-blithe” spirit in SKINLESS
Standing in the lobby on opening night of Johnna Adams' SKINLESS at MOXIE Theatre, after the performance when the actors come out in their opening night finery, you can hear someone whisper, "Oh look, there is that girl. She looks so...normal now." That "girl" they're referring to is Amanda Morrow, the shape shifting woman so many San Diego theatre audiences adore. The press has a field day trying to describe Morrow's performance in SKINLESS. The San Diego Union-Tribune calls her "soiled and silent" and says she "skulks about like Gollum," while The San Diego Reader calls her the "un-blithe spirit." SDTheatreReviews.com says "her obsessive behaviors are so intensely focused - that she seizes our attention" and goes on to compare her to one of the greatest comedic geniuses of all time, "what Harpo Marx did in comedy, Morrow is able to do in noir drama." It's no wonder they're all tempted to try and contain her performance in words. Watching this graceful gymnast contort herself into a sunken, silent and belligerent woman/child every night, and then unfurl after each performance back into a graceful and buoyant woman, is theatre in itself. We caught up with Amanda between performances to learn more about her SKINLESS process.
SKINLESS is full of poetry as well as fantastic dialogue. What’s your favorite line in the play?
Honestly, it’s simply “Beaulah?”, because I love the way Jo delivers that one word. I almost break every time I hear it. She is such a fantastic storyteller. I think that all of the storytelling is captivating and beautiful. I also love, “He took her silence for contentment, as he always would”. Beautifully worded and can stand alone.What’s been your favorite part of the SKINLESS process so far?Playing and working with such a talented group of women. It’s been an honor.
How is your character different from other character’s you’ve played?Well, she’s selectively mute. That is a definite first. It’s been a great challenge for me, one that I am still discovering! Words are so powerful, and as an actor, they give us a bridge offstage, to rehearse in the dressing room, run lines before scenes, find our grounding and connect as an ensemble. The words remind us of our intention, what we want onstage. Words inform our movement. They are clues to who our character is that we are getting inside of. So, I am having a wonderful and challenging experience in finding all of these things without words.
Don’t miss Amanda’s performance in SKINLESS playing now – December 8, 2013 at MOXIE. Tickets available at moxietheatre.com or call 858-598-7620