When Uncertainty came to life the first time, Emily McGee portrayed Werner Heisenberg. This time around, she is stepping behind the curtain to make this hilarious show her directorial debut. In her career, Emily has been an actress, costumer, props master, and so much more. Read on to find out why Uncertainty makes the perfect directorial debut, as well as why she loves Bloomington and MCCT.
How did you get involved in MCCT? What made you audition for this show?
I was first involved with MCCT back in 2013, I think? I was cast as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I just became reacquainted with MCCT last year when I was cast in Travesties, which was also done at Oddball Fermentables. I had taken a look at the upcoming season and realized that there was a deep need for some comedy, and it all just sort of clicked.
How long have you been acting/involved in theater?
I have had a 26-year love affair with theatre. I was bitten by the theatre bug when I was in a production of The Music Man and here I am, over 130 productions later on and I still love it.
What do you do when you’re not rehearsing?
It is very rare that I am not rehearsing for something! When I’m not rehearsing, I can usually be found hanging out with my husband and my cats!
What has been an unexpected challenge of this production?
This is officially my directorial debut. I felt ready to really actually direct something; but, usually, when people just start out directing, they usually pick a show with 2-4 actors. It didn’t occur to me until I was setting up the scripts and water for the table read that I took on an ensemble show with 9 actors!
What has been most rewarding?
I am humbled by my cast. Every day they come to rehearsal with something more to offer and it just blows my mind! I have also enjoyed watching actual friendships form amongst them. There are so many moments that are coming out of the script that are fueled with a genuine care for each other. That’s not a thing that can be directed, and it is just a wonderful thing to see.
Why should audiences come to see Uncertainty?
Nick has crafted a script that is ridiculously funny and sometimes heart-breaking in its way, but in the end, I feel like the play has something really profound to say about friendships or the family that you choose for yourself. It is just so rare to see a well-crafted comedy that actually has a strong message at its core.
What are your top three dream roles?
Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Blanche Dubois in Streetcar Named Desire
You acted in this production before directing it. How are the two different?
Oh my gosh! EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT! When I first did the show, I was just getting into acting in theatre that was not attached to any kind of music. I had been doing a lot of musical theatre and opera, so this was my first shot at ‘straight theatre’. I don’t even think that it occurred to me that I would have wanted to direct at that point. I played Heisenberg when I acted in it and loved every minute. Directing has been a new and exciting challenge.
Catch the show at Oddball Fermentables
- Sunday, September 9 at 2:00pm
- Monday, September 10 at 7:00pm
- Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00pm