The Green Globe Theatre will be presenting “All New People” which will run Friday and Saturday nights from April 26-May 4 at The Green Globe Theatre in residence at Breath of God Lutheran Church in Highlandtown, 141 S. Clinton St., Baltimore, MD.
The Green Globe Theatre is Baltimore’s eco-friendly theatre company in the heart of the Highlandtown Arts District! Founded in 2016 by Lianna von Haubritz and a group of Towson University graduates, GGT aims to set an example of how to be more environmentally friendly by recycling, reusing, and upcycling as many materials as possible in the production process. This young theatre company is in residence at Breath of God Lutheran Church in Highlandtown and is all about a Do It Yourself attitude and proving small theatre can have the biggest ideas.
“All New People” was written by Zach Braff (of “Garden State” and “Scrubs” fame) and directed by Jen Sizer. The comedy centers around Charlie, a 35-year-old man trying to hide out from his issues in a beach house on the Jersey Shore but who can’t seem to do that when a succession of unlikely house crashers disturb his getaway.
Link to info/tickets at www.greenglobetheatre.org
Carolyn Koch is a Company Member of Green Globe Theatre and was their Musical Director in their production of “Macbeth” In March.
Her acting credits include “Jerusalem” (Dawn) Fells Point Corner Theatre, “War of the Worlds” (Studio Foley Artist) FPCT, “Love is a Blue Tick Hound” (Fin) DC Capital Fringe, “Romeo and Juliet” (Lady Capulet) GGT, “Iolanthe” (Fairy) Young Vic Theatre Company, and “Pirates of Penzance” (Daughter) YVTC.
Carolyn is classically proficient in Piano and Voice. She has a B. S. in Psychology, Concentrations in Voice and French from University of Maryland College Park.
I had a chance to ask interview Carolyn regarding her new role in “All New People” as Emma and the Green Globe Theatre.
Can you tell us briefly about your character Emma in the play without spoiling the plot?
Emma is a high-strung ball of energy, who gets stuck with the other three characters (her boyfriend included) pretty unwillingly. She’s a Brit trapped in America, just trying to get a green card and hold her life together. She’s a motor-mouth, feisty, and insightful – but, to put it lightly, these characters all have a past.
The play is a comedy. What do you think is the hardest part of getting comedy right?
Zach Braff is sharp, and his writing has teeth. This is definitely a dark comedy. The play is funny in both its absurdity and in its sadness. The toughest part of nailing this brand of comedy is to realize that things are funniest when they’re human. You can’t overplay it. And, with a cast of only four, the flow needs to be spot-on. Whether or not you speak over each other, versus taking a beat, for example – there’s so much of the comedy in the timing.
Did your vision of the character, and the play, differ from Jen Sizer, the director? If so how? If not how was it the same?
I think Jen really understands these characters in the same way that we do. She knows Emma is someone who is holding something back. She knows that Charlie has room to grow, and Myron has an edge. And Kim, the caricature of a “dumb blonde” hooker, is relatable when it comes down to it. There’s a lot of room for development as the character arcs emerge in this play – with and without the influence of all the drugs everyone’s doing.
I see you are a member of Green Globe Theatre. Can you tell us why working with Green Globe Theatre is a different experience than working with other groups and how is this play eco-friendly?
Green Globe is riding the wave of new theatre in Baltimore, and we’re really grateful to share that with other local groups. This company was founded by Lianna and Glen von Haubritz three years ago, and it’s been an experience building amazing productions from the ground up. We’re continuing to grow, and constantly pulling in new artists to expand on what we can offer. We also keep eco-friendly, which is one of the distinctive things about us – through all-digital (paperless) programs, fully recycled sets, etc.
How could other groups work together to make theatre more environmentally concerned? Has GGT worked with other groups?
We embrace reaching out to other theatres, and those relationships are so important in the Baltimore arts community. The exchange of materials like costumes and sets would benefit groups across the board. We also place priority on educational outreach. In the past, we’ve led workshops in the surrounding counties for theatre students, centering on eco-friendly production.