Meet the Cast of ‘The Second Shepherds’ Play’ at Folger Theatre: Part 2: Megan Graves

In Part 2 of a series of interviews with the cast of Folger Theatre’s The Second Shepherds’ Play, meet Megan Graves.

Sophia: Please introduce yourself to our readers. Where have we seen you recently on local stages? 

Megan Graves. Photo courtesy of Folger Theatre.

Megan: Most recently I was at Arena Stage working on Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. It was a tremendous learning experience. I felt so fortunate to be in the room with such a phenomenal group of performers.

What have you learned about yourself as an actor, singer, dancer and storyteller from appearing in The Second Shepherds Play at the Folger?

I love the moments of direct address in this piece. It can sometimes feel scary to bridge that gap between audience and performer, but I’ve enjoyed leaning into those moments and making those connections. As actors, we take risks to tell our story, and this show has been a great reminder of that.

You have appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Folger. How does your acting approach to Shakespeare differ from your approach to a medieval piece like The Second Shepherd’s Play? Or are they similar? Why?

Unlike Midsummer, The Second Shepherd’s Play is not a piece that audiences are very familiar with. We spent a lot of time in the rehearsal room figuring out how to clarify our storytelling. Both productions were great exercises in using intention to communicate meaning, especially when the words themselves are archaic to our modern sensibilities.

What do you admire about how the designers help you tell Daw’s story?

All of the designers have made really subtle, beautiful suggestions of period and mood. It has given the ensemble incredible freedom to build the world of the play. That’s been lovely.

Shepherds Daw (Megan Graves) and Gib (Matthew R. Wilson) speak in confidence. Photo by Photo by Brittany Diliberto.

What would you like to audience to take away from The Second Shepherds’ Play?

At the end of the day, this is a story about peace entering a world of chaos. I hope that resonates with our audiences as strongly as it does with me.

What are you doing next on the stage?

Next up I’ll be playing Molly Aster in Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher, which opens February 12th.

The Second Shepherds’ Play plays through December 21, 2016, at The Folger Theatre – 201 East Capitol Street, SE, in Washington, DC. For tickets, call the box office aKS:t (202) 544-7077, or purchase them online.

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Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes has been a reviewer for DCTA since 2013 and a columnist since 2015. She has an extensive background in theater. Her play Southern Girl was performed at the Public Theater-NY, and two of her plays, Rosetta’s Eyes and Solace in Gondal, were produced at the Playwrights’ Horizons Studio Theatre. She studied with Curt Dempster at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where her play Madonna was given a staged reading at the Octoberfest. Her one-acts Better Dresses and The Endless Sky, among others, were produced as part of Director Robert Moss’s Workshop-NY. She has directed The Tempest, at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheatre, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Monongalia Arts Center, both in Morgantown, WV. She studied Classics and English at Barnard and received her BFA with honors in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she received the Seidman Award for playwriting. Her play Adamov was produced at the Harold Clurman Theater on Theater Row-NY. She holds an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she received the Lucille Lortel Award for playwriting. She studied with, among others, Michael Feingold, Len Jenkin, Lynne Alvarez, and Tina Howe.


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