Amy is a flirty divorcee who passes through the airport a lot for her work as a regional sales rep. Frank is a bankruptcy attorney who doesn’t wear his wedding ring when his wife isn’t around. They’re played by Joanna Eve Winston and Clay Mabbitt respectively in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month.
Joanna, what’s lovable about Clay?
JW: Clay is lovable because of his boyish sense of humor and his endless array of comic book-themed t-shirts.
What’s lovable about his character, Frank?
JW: Hard to say…through all of his failed attempts at being suave and alluring, a simple sweetness shines through. I can’t help but find the big oaf a little attractive at the end of it all – even if he is a totally-confused horn-dog.
CM: …they’re not all failed attempts.
Clay, what’s lovable about Joanna?
CM: I’m figuring out as we work together that she’s game to try anything. Kenny could ask her to do whatever ridiculous voice or move to see if it works, and she doesn’t hesitate. Her ego is not an obstacle.
And what about Amy?
CM: I’m used to seeing characters on stage, television, and movies who… if they enjoy their own sexuality, that becomes their sole, defining characteristic. Amy has that as one element of her personality – and that is the element that shows up the most in her interactions with Frank – but we get to see during the show there are other things that drive her decisions, too.
Besides the two of you, which characters in this production are people going to fall in love with?
JW: I think I am really going to fall head over heels for Josiah’s various characters respectively. He (and his many facets) is sure to steal the show.
CM: It changes week to week as I see different characters coming to life in the rehearsal process – which is a very encouraging sign in an ensemble show like this. As of now I think Danny’s role as a young father is going to break a few hearts.
What’s your favorite song in the show?
JW: You know, I’m a bit of a sap and Love Song is just so pretty to sing along to. It’s totally out-of-character for me, but I adore it most of all.
CM: One of the new songs that was added for this production is Change in the Making, and Ray is rocking it out. That one sticks in my head after I leave rehearsal.
What’s the longest time you’ve been stuck in an airport?
CM: I was flying back from Seattle many years ago, and we missed the connecting flight in Dallas. But after a few hours at the terminal in Dallas we knew our rescheduled flight wasn’t going to be until the next day, so we didn’t have to stay in the airport. I ended up spending the night with my aunt and uncle who live not too far from Dallas.
JW: The longest time I’ve been stuck at the airport? Try 16 hours. Delayed flight home from Japan. Killer…
What will people be talking about in the car on the drive home after the show?
JW: People will be talking about all of the amazing characters in this show on the ride home for sure! I can say without a doubt that this vibrant cast is one you don’t want to miss!
CM: I think/hope people will be talking about how all the characters and story lines overlap and weave into one another.
ENTER LOVE is playing at Theatre on the Square September 12 – 27. Tickets available online.