Morag and Liz on the influences and audiences of the play
“Emma Hamilton was an 18th century performance artist. Her husband collected her, like a vase, like a painting, like a volcano. She was taught the art of pleasing, and imitated art instead of life. Then other artists painted her, and what we have, is a copy, of a copy, from a story, derived from a myth — kinda like religion. She performed “attitudes” — reenacting famous mythical characters — without noise, with only movement. She is a statue, she is desire, she is for man.”
Statues are a recurring motif in the play — why?
MORAG: I think exploring the myth behind the statues became important, because it exposes the archetypes that we may still unknowingly subscribe to. Also, turning statues into life is magical.
Who is the play for?
LIZ: This show is for people that have bodies, and for people who love people that have bodies.
MORAG: This show is for the Elizabeth’s who have not seen themselves onstage before. This show is for all the Emma’s who have been misrepresented in literature. This show is for the Eve in all of us.
What will audiences gain from the experience?
LIZ: I think people will like the unique experience of having this much access to an actor during a performance. It’s also really funny, and mad.
MORAG: People are going to like how honest, and beautiful Liz is. Also, it’s really funny.
Do You Want to See Me Naked
featuring Elizabeth Golden, Directed by Morag Shepherd
at The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival — July 28-August 6