Meet Cassandra Meyer, who thunders into A Southern Victory Part II as Margaret “Peg” Mitchell. Cassandra returns to VTG after starring in the IRNE-Nominated Burning Up the Dictionary, and we’re ecstatic to have her back!
Vagabond Literary Manager Zach Winston asked our cast a few questions about their time with ASV, their experience with the role, and their future. Read Cassandra’s take below!
Tell us about your character(s). What kind of tools have you been using to prepare for your role (research, technique, process, etc)? Is it different from what you typically do?
What aspect from the time period as presented in the given circumstances of A Southern Victory fascinates you the most?
What’s something you feel as though you would like the audience to know before seeing A Southern Victory?
Do you personally relate to your character? Have you ever encountered conflict or obstacles like that which they face? How did you react? How would they have reacted?
There are pieces of Peg that I relate to – she feels pressure from the society she lives in to fit into a certain mold and she wants to fight that. Especially as a woman over 30, even the modern world around me seems to judge why I’m not married yet, why I don’t have children yet, when am I going to do the things I’m “supposed” to do. Even if the culturally expected things are things I may want, I still feel the urge to fight what other people think I should do with my life. Peg and I – neither one of us likes being told what to do.
A Southern Victory is a play that alters our perception of time in history. If you had a time machine, how would you use it? Where would you go? Would you want to change anything? See anything?
That is a dangerous question, because of course I have no will power and would love to see many things from the past. I think I would love to see how my ancestors lived. It would be quite something to watch your great- great- great- grandparents get married, or see any of the choices that were made, in the order they were made, which all led to your very existence.
What has been your favorite thing about rehearsal? What kinds of obstacles and challenges have you encountered?
Some actors have been working on A Southern Victory for two years, others for a few months. How involved have you been in the script’s development so far? How have you seen it evolve from then until now?
Any projects lined up for after A Southern Victory? Plans? Tell us about them!