Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Five Questions with Paige Lindsey White

Beth Henley's Abundance is an epic tale of two women in the Wild West and their friendship that spans a quarter of a century. Paige Lindsey White portrays one of those women—the spunky Macon Hill. White, a favorite on numerous Los Angeles stages, makes her SCR debut in Abundance and answers our five questions.

Tell us about the character you play.
I play Macon Hill, a mail-order bride who travels west to seek her share of adventure. She's confident, eager and headstrong. And though the west is untamable, it never defeats her.

What are three words you would use to describe Abundance?
Epic. Tall. Tale.

Lily Holleman and Paige Lindsey White in Abundance.
How do you approach creating a character? 
Read the script multiple times. Question what the character wants. How do they pursue that objective (with what words and/or actions)? Who or what in script is preventing them from achieving or helping them achieve what they want? What do they ultimately get?

What first drew you to performing? 
Shel Silverstein poetry. His reading of it. My teacher played us a tape, and I loved how it made everyone laugh. I wanted to do that. It was a great escape.

What do you love most about Macon?
I love her flaws and contradictions. She is full of them. And unaware of most—like all of us.

Fun fact: This isn't White's first time in a production of Abundance! In college as an undergraduate, she portrayed Bess Johnson—Macon's best friend.

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