Meet The Carrots: Genevieve de Mahy- Development Director

You ready to answer some questions? Bring iiiiiiiit. 

So, where ya from? Denver, Colorado. Born and raised. 

What’s your favorite role you’ve played at SCT? Dottie. I love Dottie. I miss her a lot. And it’s cool because when we do the Killer Joe revival I’ll play her again. Can I play her at 35? If I’m a good-looking 35? You can quote me on that. 

Heard you are gonna get hitched to SCT Graphic Designer Kaveh Haerian. Will there be any Carrot traditions at the wedding? There will be theatrical festivities and maybe we’ll put our heads together for a good “Ohm” before the ceremony.

Your nickname around here is Gerber Digits. What’s that about? I have delicately dainty hands of an unusual size. Not really dainty. Squatty. You can quote me on that. 

What’s your favorite Carrot-ism? Referring to any thing purchased from Ikea by it’s given Ikea name. We have Smedus, Stefans, Mahmuts, you name it. 

Describe a great theatre-going experience you’ve had in Baltimore. Acme Corporation and Un Saddest Factory’s Rougue Waves. The play was in an actual kitchen. They cooked real food and served it to the audience. 

Offer a deal to Single Carrot patrons and friends right now. Go. If you see me working the box office for Hotel Cassiopeia and you describe in detail to me your favorite pizza at Joe Squared I will slip you an extra Boh (with valid id).  

For more on Genevieve. Check out her Ensemble Video below.

[vimeo 19850171 Genevieve de Mahy]

Assemblage and the Art of Digging

The production team for Hotel Cassiopeia has an interesting challenge… how do we create a rich life for Joseph Cornell out of someone else’s stuff?  It is a challenge that has led us to learn a lot about some former residents of Baltimore, and we wouldn’t have discovered it without the art of digging.

 

To get an accurate idea of what it means to be an assemblage artist: it is to live your life in antique shops and second hand stores.  To move form one estate sale to another looking for the perfect item.  Items that were treasured by someone else, and held a special significance for them.  It is to take these items and pair them with the right treasures to make a complete box… a complete life.   This is how Joseph Cornell lived, and for the past couple of weeks this is how we’ve lived.

 

One of the most exciting things is reading some of the many discarded letters and postcards.   It is a somewhat awkward task.   We have to look through the personal effects of a person without bias or prejudice and try and decipher the things that held a special significance for them.  Once you find that item, you need to treat it with the same reverence that it was created with.  Knowing that even though the creator never thought that it would be seen again, you have an opportunity to give it breath once more.  An intimate task indeed.  It has been with the utmost respect that we have tied these pieces together, and I think that the former owners of these trinkets would be satisfied that something as simple as an old pay stub from 1958 has a whole second life within our work and our art.

 

I hope that when you enter our space, and start to explore the world we’ve created for Hotel Cassiopeia you take a moment to indulge the former owners and give each item a chance to live again.

 

More to come…

 

~Nathan Fulton, PM & TD