SARA GOZALO is Hellen Heiber in RONENSBOURGH


 

Sara earned a PhD in immunology from UMass and went on to do a post-doc at UCSF. Two years later, she moved to NYC where she earned an MFA from The New School for Drama. She has worked with directors such as Jose Rivera, Pippin Parker and Josh Fox (Gasland), as a member of the International Wow Company. A founding member of Lazy Baobab, a film company that empowers women, she wrote and produced the company’s first short film A WEDDING DAY and directed the web series PELICANS. Sara helps run and documents the LIGO PROJECT ART OF SCIENCE.

How is the rehearsal going? How are you working?

The rehearsals for Ronensbourgh are free-form. What I mean by this is that both the director and the actors take part. Ignacio forms the framework, but always wants to know what we actors think and feel. For me, it is the besst way to work. Knowing that your opinions counts is a gift when creating the character.

What do you think about the play and the script?

The script is complicated. However, these are the ones which are worth doing. You can interpret it in many different ways, like other forms of art. That is where the beauty lies in this play. It makes you look inside yourself and at the world we live in.

Talk to us about your character and what her part is in the development of the story.

Mi character is the youngest, yet at the same time the eldest. I think Helen realises what is happening but shows it in a childish way. Like many children who know more than we think they do. As the play progress, Helen loses her innocence, which I find heart-breaking, as she evolves from an innocent, lively being into a cynical and empty one.

What do you think organizations like AENY offer Spanish artists in a city like New York?

I feel they offer the possibility to create art which is more Spanish than Hispanic. I think that we do not have enough representation of Spanish plays, especially contemporary ones. In the end, the only thing that is produced is Lorca, which is wonderful. But that is it.

Finally, What thoughts and impressions do you hope they audience will take away from your performance?

I never expect anything from the audience. I reckon it is better to let them all think and feel for themselves, isn’t it? Even when the same person sees the play on two separate days, they may get something different out of it. That is what I love about theatre and art in general.

 

Interview: Victoria Freire