CORPUS DELICTI: JUST DESSERTS
Q & A With Meghan Strell
What is your role in Corpus Delicti:
As Creator/Performer, I'm writing my character. Sister Luyt is historical
ficiton based on the research I'm
doing on anatomy and the Renaissance. As Artistic
Director of Local Infinities I am producing the show.
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I'm a Chicagoan. I was born in Hyde Park, grew up in
Wicker Park, and got a BFA in performance from the Theater School at DePaul
What other theatrical or creative projects have you worked
I originated roles in: Wax
& Wayne, Local Infinities wax extravaganza; Sink, Sank, Sunk (2004),
Redmoon's site-specific spectacle in Ping Tom Park, Chinatown; Psycho-so-matic
(2005), another site-specific piece set in the Speedwash Laundromat on
Damen. Larry Underwood (Form Giver/Dr. Tulp),
Seth Bockley (Corpus Delicti's
Dramaturg/Outside Eye), and I all collaborated on these last two pieces,
and Larry portrayed Wayne in Wax & Wayne as well.
[link to Larry Q&A]
What aspect of CD are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to creating an original piece
for UIC. I'm looking forward to consulting medical experts in the development
of a piece. I would like to play operting theaters throughout the US and
anatomical theaters throughout Europe. I would like to join the ranks
of those who democratize the experience of gazing inside the body. I would
like to create an opportunity to confront mortality in a theatrical environment.
What/who are your creative influences?
I've been influenced by M. Lecoq's idea of observing
the behaviors of elements and raw materials, and by Avener Eisenberg's
eccentricity as a performer.
How would you describe your working process?
I experiment with raw materials to find the metaphors
they communicate on a visceral level.
What's your favorite color?
What's your favorite Halloween horror flick?
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
What's your favorite Halloween costume?
One year I rode a magic carpet through the neighborhood. I suspended a
table top around my waste, hid my legs with a drape and made fake legs,
crossing them swami-style on the carpet. If I stood still it looked like
I was sitting on a table but then I would start to sway. That confused
people. I went to a party with my father but complained that all the adults
were squeezing my legs, trying to figure out how I was floating. My father
said I could squeez them back, which I did, much to their surprise.
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