Krista D’Agostino’s haunting turn as Molly is sure to hit you right in the heart, not to mention the brain. She’s talking to us today about her comfort zone, slumber parties, and What Scares Her.
1) Do you consider yourself a horror fan?
Yes. I scare easy and love a good reason to sleep with the lights on.
2) What was your introduction to horror?
Middle school slumber parties did a number on me. I’m pretty sure that I spent the better part of my first couple of years in double digits calling my parents to pick me up at 2 am at one friend’s house or another after watching any number of movies that completely freaked me out. The night that stands out the most in my mind was watching Candyman when I was in about 6th grade at a friend’s birthday party. It was my first experience with being really terrified. We all spent the rest of the night going to the bathroom in pairs because some jerk said “Candyman” five times in the mirror.
Shortly after that I became totally obsessed with the X-Files which I guess is more sci fi/horror, but just loved how nightmare-inducing that show could be and the monster of the week episodes especially were my favorites.
3) Zombies: Fast or Slow?
Gotta go with slow and shambly because I know when they come for me I’m barely going to be able to break out above a generous speed walk.
4) How is creating a character for horror different than for other genres of storytelling? What lessons have you learned from this project that you’re excited to use in the future?
There are a lot of reference points out there for horror, particularly very visual ones. And I would say with this play in particular (*spoiler?*) getting to play one of the undead there is a lot to point to out there for what that can/should be. Creating a creature and character that is recognizable to the genre, yet with its own unique take and surprises has been a huge exciting challenge. There definitely have been some expectations to meet and exceed in a way that I’ve never encountered before. This is also definitely the most physically and vocally demanding show I’ve ever worked on and it has pushed me completely outside of what I thought was already a pretty big comfort zone, which I’m really thankful for and can hopefully take with me to anything I work on in the future. And it’s just so much freaking fun. We talk about stakes a lot in theater and in horror the stakes are pretty regularly literally life or death. I don’t want to feel that way everyday, but for 90 minutes several times a week you really can’t beat that rush.
5) What Scares You?
Airplanes. Driving. Freak accidents. Chance. I should never ever have watched any of the Final Destination movies. Anything that is ultimately out of my control, but I can somehow imagine being in my control through the choices I make terrifies me.
Make the terrifying choice to see closing weekend of Scott T. Barsotti’s The Revenants NOW! Final performances February 19th-22nd!