Marjorie Prime – Meet Tess

The second weekend of Hole in the Wall’s latest production is fast approaching! For the more cash strapped among our patrons, your night is coming with our Pay-What-You-Can Night on Friday, August 27th.

Until then, we have another interview with the cast of Marjorie Prime to get you excited about the show. Last time you saw her, she was Amanda Wingfield in Hole in the Wall’s 2018 production of The Glass Menagerie, say hello to Teresa Langston.

What drew you to audition for this play? What character are you playing, and what is your favorite piece of technology?

Teresa: I had seen the play before in Florida. I love plays that make people buzz and talk after the shows. Those are my favorite. When I saw that they were doing it here I jumped on the chance. I play Tess Brody, Marjorie’s daughter. My favorite piece of technology is my Wahoo Trainer. It is a virtual reality bike trainer that lets me ride in London, Paris, Japan, and fantasy worlds.

Very early on in the script Marjorie notes that Tess is “the mother now.” When working with an aging parent or adult in your life, how do you work with them to ensure their comfort but that they keep their sense of dignity?

Teresa: It’s important to treat them with respect and agency, also to advocate for their healthcare.

Some of the roles in this show are not actually human, but Artificial Intelligence. What do you think the benefits to having your own AI in real life would be? The consequences?

Teresa: Consequences would be moral and ethical questions such as where the line for the ethical use of AIs is drawn. In the show, our AIs are holographic and therefore cannot do anything physical. If I had one though, I would want it to be capable of walking my dog and taking care of him while I’m on vacation!

Although Marjorie’s memory is failing her, characters in the show are there to help her remember her life. What is one memory that you would want someone to help you remember?

Teresa: I would like someone to remind me of the time that my daughter was interviewed by Oprah’s friend, Gayle King. My daughter was six or seven at the time. It was such a blur, so I’m sure I’m missing some details. Also, I’d want memories of my grandmother.

Throughout the play one particularly unpleasant memory for Tess and Marjorie is skirted around. If you lost your memory, would you want your loved ones to do the same and omit unpleasant memories, or would you want to know your memories, for better or worse?

Teresa: I would want all of my memories. My negative memories are more fun than most.

And we know that this show was a fun experience for the entire cast and crew. A big thank you to Teresa for talking to us and another thank you to everyone who joined us for Marjorie Prime’s opening weekend.

We got three shows this weekend, which includes a 2pm Sunday matinee on August 29th. We hope you got those tickets for the show, so stay safe, and we’ll see you on the stage!