The Wayward Women: Gilly Guire
THE WAYWARD WOMEN opens March 17 at Mary’s Attic (5400 N Clark St)
GILLY GUIRE plays AQUILINE, THE SQUIRE
Q: How long have you been in Chicago?
GILLY: I’ve been in Chicago just over a year and a half, since August of 2014, and I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of fabulous companies on an array of different styles. It has been the spice of life, man! Spice of life!
Q: What can you tell us about Aquiline, the squire?
GILLY: I would describe Aquiline as a young buck with the spirit and struggles of a New Year’s resolutioner. She’s full of vigor and expectation – for the world and for herself. I think her desire for truth makes her tick – and her desire to do the right thing (but she is caught between the myriad definitions of what that is from her society). I would liken it to our society’s array of definitions for “true manhood.” Amosa offers just as many suggestions for “true knighthood,” and I think our audience will be able to relate to Aquiline’s humanity and her desire for finding that truth once and for all.
Q: THE WAYWARD WOMEN takes place on the fictional isle of Amosa, a matriarchal society. Does this differ much from other plays you’ve performed in? Does it affect your performance at all?
GILLY: I’ve not had much opportunity to explore reversed gender norms in play, and I feel lucky to be thrown into the thick of it with The Wayward Women. It has been an exceedingly satisfying experience. Hahah. Much fun!
Q: What experience do you have with Shakespeare? Have you got a favorite Elizabethan play? Character?
GILLY: I’ve had the pleasure of taking the Unrehearsed Shakespeare workshop and have always been interested in ol’ Billy Shakes. I’ve only been in a couple Shakespeare productions and I adore me some sonnets, too.
Fave? Love me some Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing. Mmm. All that moxie, though.
Q: Aquiline is one of those rare individuals who strives for greatness and is frequently distracted from it, yet seems perfectly aware of her own failings. Do you relate to this character at all, or is she a complete stranger to you?
GILLY: Oh, indubitably. I feel like I continue to find parallels between Aquiline and myself – which is both exciting and sobering. 🙂
Q: Do you have a favorite line?
GILLY: Hard to choose just one! Of my lines it’s either “Avaunt, pisspole,” or “Thou Saturn tat, thou tale-bearing toad.” (Is that the bell? ‘Cause you just got schooled!).
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
GILLY: Gilly Guire is Quill the Squire. Cheeky/freaky, is’t not?
Join us! Get cheeky! Get freaky!
THE WAYWARD WOMEN
March 17 – April 2
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays
Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark Street
$3 at the Door