Struts & Frets: Interviews with the Cast & Crew of Merchant of Venice - Emily Loewus

"Jessica" may not be the most Shakespearean name, but she's a very Shakespearean character. She's strong, eloquent, and very, very lovely. And, wouldn't you know it, Emily Loewus is all of those things too! Read all about her below, then come see her as Jessica in Hamlet Isn't Dead's Merchant of Venice. If you don't, its your loss; she'll still be up there exhibiting her amazingness!

Exhibit A. (The A stands for Amazing)

HID: First thing’s first: What’s your favorite color, and the favorite color of your character? And why?

EL: I think both of our favorite colors are blue, but different shades. Mine is light, clear sky blue. Jessica loves royal blue. She likes the elegance and strength it conveys. 

HID: What’s the first thing Jessica wants to do when she’s out of her father’s house and able to experience the big, wide world?

EL: Go to Disney World! In all seriousness, Jessica does want to travel. She’s never left Venice, she’s never even seen the whole city. She wants to experience the world and meet new people, and do it all with her husband at her side.

HID: Jessica & Lorenzo are a pretty adventurous, romantic subplot. What’s the most romantic thing that’s happened in your life that you’re willing to tell us about?

EL: When my boyfriend and I hadn’t seen each other in four months when I was studying in London, he came over at the very end. He beat me to my flat that night, covered the whole place in roses and candles and waited for me to get home. Walking in to see everything decorated so beautifully and him there was pretty incredible.

HID: Jessica says Launcelot improved her living situation with her father. How exactly did he do that?

EL: He gave her something she never had – friendship. She loves her father, but she doesn’t have anyone around who she can be honest with and laugh with. Launcelot is the one person whom she can trust to be herself around and tell her secrets too. Everyone needs that.

Well said, Emily. Won't YOU come and befriend Emily (and the rest of the HIDiots) at #HIDMoV? It's a show full of love, laughter, & learning, and you'd be a fool to let it go! See you there!
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