Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. Throughout the run of the show (until March 25!), we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you a spotlight on Magda Kress, our Folk Wandering bassist.
Read the full interview below and get your tickets to performances February 23 – March 25 today!
Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Magda Kress: I remember seeing some intriguing social media posts, and thinking “wow this sounds like such a great production, but I bet they’ve already hired the band…” Literally the next day, I got an email with my band offer, thanks to a recommendation from Simone Allen, the assistant music director. I love being a part of a new show as it grows and evolves throughout the entire production process, so Folk Wandering is right up my alley!
PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
MK: I think I relate most to the interwovenness of the stories. I always notice little things in life and my surroundings that seem to appear over and over again in small but significant ways.
PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
MK: “It’s a wild ride” which is what everyone kept saying to me when I would try to ask questions about the production before the first rehearsal…
PTC: What first attracted you to the bass?
MK: I love that the bass is such an integral part of almost any music ensemble, without being the sole focus. I prefer to be the glue that holds it all together!
PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
MK: I really love playing bass for musical theatre productions, and my ongoing goal is to play bass for as many new and developing works as I can!
PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
MK: I used to work on murder mystery train. I’ve played bass in at least five different productions of Les Miserables, but I’ve never seen it. I once gave the Pope directions to the bathroom.