Elizabeth Reaser is currently starring in the off-Broadway play, How I Learned to Drive. Interview Magazine spoke with her about returning to the stage.
MERYL CATES: I saw the play Wednesday night. You were wonderful. How does it feel to be back on the stage? It’s been some years since The Winter’s Tale [in 2003].
ELIZABETH REASER: Yeah, it feels pretty intense. I mean, it’s scary, and it’s been really nerve-wracking. Luckily, I’ve had Norbert to lean on, and he’s an amazing actor and really takes care of me out there and has been so supportive throughout the process. And the more we do it, the more confident I feel in it, but it was definitely a shock to the system the first time I went out there.
CATES: There’s such an openness and, especially in How I Learned to Drive, rawness with theater. Is there a way that you prepare yourself for the experience day in and day out?
REASER: You try to go about your business and just be normal, but for me, all day there’s an awareness that you’re going to be doing that in the evening or a matinee and there’s this certain way in which you live inside the play, I think. Not to be Method or whatever it is, it’s just you’re so inside it for so long that you rehearse for weeks, and in theater, you only have one day off. So, you don’t really ever get away from it, it kind of gets inside of you in a way. You live inside of it. It’s a really weird place to be as a person, because I don’t feel entirely connected to my real life as much right now because I’m so much connected [to the show].
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