Meet the Artist: Leila Mohsenian

4g7a7232.jpgWho do you play?
I play one of the three musketeers, Aramis;  the religious lady’s man. (hehe)

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?

Overall just trying to bring out our characters as the script says but also balancing out our own aspects and visions. (So basically making sure the improv add ins make sense within the play and not just random things)

What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after the show?
“Duuuude those sword moves were siiiiick!”

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
It’s a spin off you wouldn’t expect.

Switched genders, lots of improv, modernized feel and in general amazing actors. My fellow cast/crew members and our lovely director(s) are very talented in creating a recognizable story; but also adapting the plot so that even if you know the story, you’ll enjoy the little twists.

4G7A7747.JPGWho in this show is most like their character?
Where I absolutely love all the casting choices, and I think there are a lot of people who could be this answer, but I think there’s two people who are REALLY like their characters:

David Blatz, who plays the king. His comedic personality and loud persona brings it together perfectly. Throughout the play the king could easily be developed as your favorite character!

Maisie Allen, who plays Sabine; D’artagnan’s sister. Her adorable childish humor, flirtatious charm and fierce personality really brings out the best in her character.

If you could play any other character on this show, who would it be?
Honestly just being in this play is a dream come true. Watching “The Three Musketeers” as a child, I’ve always wanted to be one; but If I had to chose another character, it would probably be the Cardinal. I love the fact that he’s both evil and conniving; yet also is a huge part of the comedic aspect of the show. (SHOUT OUT TO REEM)

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Honestly? It would probably be a female version of Grant Gustin. (I’ve put a lot of thought into this.) If you’ve seen The Flash, I relate to Barry Allen to a pin: nerd, awkward, musical enthusiast, singer, wants to be a superhero… etc. So basically he would be perfect if the movie was genderbent ~question mark?~

When did you first perform?
I’ve been performing since I was a kid. When I was in elementary school they had a small club called “Star Kids.” I was in a bunch of the musicals and plays, which was really a start for my acting passions. Along with First Stage and a couple summer camps, my childhood was me dressing up and putting on shows for my family.

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsals, what do you spend that time doing?
We have five-minute breaks? What? Where??

Just kidding. In all seriousness we all work pretty hard at rehearsals and don’t have much time in between. But when we do you’ll usually find me either reading over the script for my next scene or talking with the cast; trying to get to know the wonderful people they are. (Even though everyday I tell myself I’m going to work on homework every chance I get, yet somehow that just never happens?)

If you had a magic wand, what show would you want to do next?
Hands down musicals are my favorite. Les Mis would be pretty cool or even Footloose is a childhood dream to me. If we were just talking plays, 12 Angry Jurors (12 Angry Men) was always an interest of mine (as a comedic piece) or something Shakespeare would probably my choice.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
An ideal Sunday afternoon is cuddling with my dog and watching whatever Netflix show I’m obsessed with at the time or getting into a good book.  (with occasional human interaction?)

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