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Photo credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

On Saturday, July 25 I went to see the Midtown International Theatre Festival production of “NeverCracked”; produced by The Intentional Theatre Group & Carissa Baker (www.intentionaltheatregroup.net). With “NeverCracked”, you’re getting to see two shows in one night. One show is “CRACKED” & the second is “NEVER SWIM ALONE”.

“CRACKED”, by Gwydion Suilebhan tells the story of a woman, an audience, and an egg.  It stars Grace Kiley as a cooking-show host who will demonstrate the many ways to use an egg as an ingredient. That demonstration is just the surface of what lies beneath, which is performed skillfully by Ms. Kiley. An egg is like the heart–fragile and precious with a protective shell that can easily be shattered if not taken care of properly. We all do what we can to never crack the egg, but sometimes it happens…the egg falls, gets thrown, or even squashed. When it does, the egg just like our hearts morph into something much more…more durable and stronger, eventually becoming whole again.

On the opposite end of the spectrum “Never Swim Alone” by Daniel Macivor is a comedy starring Candice Holdorf, Nick Lewis, and Daniel Dugan. It tells the tale of old friends competing in fast-paced silly battles of wit, one-ups, and manliness. The skills of these three performers blend together wonderfully. Nick & Daniel couldn’t be more perfect buds with many a times talking in unison. It reminded me of the “Crimson Twins (Tomax & Xamot)” from “G.I. Joe” the way one would talk, then the other, then both at the same time. Watching this show, one would believe they have been “friends” for a long time. Candace stands her own as the girl they both hope to get, whether it’s a look she gives the audience (very Bea Arthur) or posing like pin-up girl (a la Farrah Fawcett).  Funny, yet thought-provoking, “Never Swim Alone” made me wonder…what lengths does one go through to beat out the competition? What reward does one get from winning, aside from the prize at hand, while hurting others along the way? Is the competition at hand the best way to use our energy and time when both are so limited?

The only way to figure out the answeres to these questions and the analogy above is to go see “NeverCracked” at the WorkShop Theatre Co’s Main Stage (312 West 36th Street). Remaining showtimes are: Friday, July 31 at 9pm, Sunday, August 2nd at 8pm.  For tickets visit http://www.midtownfestival.org/

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NeverCracked

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

Grace KileyFrom the NY Stage to regional productions to movies and television, Grace has been acting & coaching actors for over 25 years. Her most recent work is starring in “NeverCracked”, as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, produced by The Intentional Theatre Group & Carissa Baker (www.intentionaltheatregroup.net). With “NeverCracked”, you’re getting to see two shows in one night. One show is “NEVER SWIM ALONE” & the second, “CRACKED”  is the one starring Grace Kiley. “CRACKED”, by Gwydion Suilebhan) tells the story of a woman, an audience, and an egg. To find out the connection, you’ll have to come see the show. “NeverCracked” plays at the WorkShop Theatre Co’s Main Stage (312 West 36th Street). Showtimes are: Monday, July 13 at 8:30pm, Wednesday, July 15 at 5pm, Tuesday, July 21 at 8:30pm, Saturday, July 25 at 5pm, Friday, July 31 at 9pm, Sunday, August 2nd at 8pm.  For tickets visit http://www.midtownfestival.org/ and for all things Grace Kiley visit http://www.gracekiley.net/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I have no idea. I was making up plays and performing with my best friend starting from very young and throughout my childhood. Acting was my way of playing and still is. But, it has also grown into a profound study of the human experience, both mine, and yours. I will say that my first acting teacher was Uta Hagen and her recognition of my acting changed my life because it communicated that there was something real about my love for it, that it wasn’t just a self-indulgent fantasy trip, nor was it childish. It has been my way of understanding life and living in the moment. Acting has held something much bigger for me and I think that is evident in my most recent play, CRACKED as part of the two-play sequence, NEVERCRACKED opening tonight at The Midtown Theatre Festival in NYC.

2. When did you realize you wanted to be a performer? I was always very shy growing up. Acting has always been kind of a secret, I mean admitting how much it is a part of me, the way I live and see things and understand life’s process. Being a performer was more of a struggle because of my very low sense of confidence when I was growing up. Acting technique has been important to me because it provides a framework that helps to move me past my fears so that I can perform openly and vulnerably. I remember my sister was the one slated to be the actor. I’m not sure why because she never did act. It’s taken my life to say yes to acting. I left if for many years and felt like my lover had died. Now I take it on wholeheartedly and I think, as a result, I’m doing my best work ever.

3. Do you have any strange and unusual talent that no one knows about? I have a talent for working with people and helping them find their creative essence. I practice this with my Performance Coaching. On a lighter note, I used to be amazing at ping pong. I used to keep up with the best male skiers when I was an instructor in Vermont. I also dance ballroom. Oh, I’m a couture seamstress and have made silk gowns and wedding dresses.

4. If you couldn’t do what you are doing now, what career would you choose? At this point nothing will stop me from acting. I have also been writing and have a book and two plays in the works. Okay, I might be a professional ballroom dancer. I’ve also always wanted to pilot a tugboat up the Hudson.

5. What is the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Follow your heart!

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? I walk constantly. I dance. I eat mostly vegetarian except for fish occasionally and I love all those things so there’s no battle.

7. Favorite musical/play? West Side Story/Sweet Bird of Youth.

8. Favorite author? A.H. Almaas. (He’s a genius.)

9. Favorite website? www.blueflowerarts.com and my own.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Don’t believe in them. We’re all super!

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