THE HEY DANI DIALOGUES: An actor/director exploration of how shaving your head enlivens the world
*Dani Keil (“W;t” Director): Hey, Kate, what are your takeaways about shaving your head to play Vivian Bearing in “W;t?” Actresses are pretty protective of their hair; why do none of them hesitate to let it all go for this role?
*Kate Goehring (“W;t” Actor): Hey, Dani, click here for my take on the superable barrier between an actor and a character – What’s Hair Got to Do With It?
Dani: Our collaborators at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center thought you’d gain a deeper understanding of what people with cancer go through as you walked through the community with a shaved head. Have you found this to be true, and how has it helped you portray Vivian Bearing on stage?
Kate: It’s always a privilege to work for Triad Stage, and the inclusion of Wake in its planning is masterful; what’s revealed is the unparalleled level of openness and compassion community-wide. Winston-Salem’s audiences are showing me what true connection can be. I have a crush on Winston-Salem.
Dani: What kinds of reactions have there been?
Kate: The bald look has stimulated insightful conversations in Harris Teeter and Starbucks, ranging from funny moments with giggling two-year-olds, to poignant, grownup conversations on families; transformative journeys, with regard to illness. It’s getting to be a part of Triad Stage taking what’s found onstage beyond the proscenium. The Medical Center’s potentiated that – bravo!
Dani: Well, we are privileged to have your talent onstage in the Triad. And you look gorgeous!
Kate: Aw! Definitely earrings that never made sense in the past now do.