Being a Social Creature: Mrs. Wilson
We were fortunate to speak with Social Creatures actress Elizabeth Ellis. She told us what drew her to this script and why you should see the "otherness" involved in this wonderful production! Tympanic: Who are you in Social Creatures?
Elizabeth: I am Mrs. Wilson, partner to Mrs. Williams. I'm a former teacher and, in many ways, the one person who keeps a positive outlook on things despite the horrors happening outside our small (perceived) oasis of safety.
Tympanic: What drew you to the script?
Elizabeth: I thought the whole idea of a group escaping the zombie apocalypse by hiding out in a theatre had enormous possibilities. I also like how the playwright, Jackie Sibblies Drury, wove issues of race and class and "otherness" into the script. That really made me wonder how I, an urban privileged white woman, would act if some sort of disaster of that magnitude happened in Chicago.
Tympanic: If you could only take one thing with you into an Apocalypse, what would it be?
Elizabeth: Probably...a tool kit designed by, and with instructions from, MacGyver.
Tympanic: Are you a Horror Fan?/ Got any favorites?
Elizabeth: I tend not to watch too many horror films because they stick with me way too long! But two of the best, in my humble opinion, are the first Halloween and Blair Witch Project.
Tympanic: Why should people see Social Creatures?
Elizabeth: It's a wonderful production! The cast, direction, and tech elements are fabulous; it's a singularly scary and hilarious experience, and you will leave the theatre talking about what you would do if you or anyone significant to you was in this situation.
Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Nathan Robbel
Oct 31 – Nov 16 @ the Den Fri – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3pm