Our Clybourne Park Cast Interview Series Concludes with a Harlequin Regular
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Delightful Maggie Lofquist
Where are you from? If not from the Pacific Northwest, what brought you here?
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana hoping that one day I would grow up to be a fairy. Instead I ate corn and was the girl who would rather go to the Stratford Festival than Disney Land. I moved to the PNW after college, completely on a whim. So, knowing one person, I packed everything I held dear into my (now dead) Volvo and drove across the country.
What makes Clybourne Park such a powerful piece of theater?
Clybourne Park does what, I believe, theatre should do: start conversations. Clybourne Park, without apologizing or beating around the bush, brings up subjects about our society and how we have and have not grown as a culture. It lays them on the stage, bare and raw for the audience to see, hear and live through, forcing us to address issues we would rather push to the side. Clybourne Park also does not give you the easy answer. It is not a play that says “here is the problem and here is how we fix it” because there is no easy way to fix some of our inbred societal problems. It leaves you: the actor, audience member, director, designer etc., with the choice to address these problems by recognizing them, accepting them and then continuing the conversation it has begun.
How did you get started in theater? What was your first role?
To be completely honest, my first role was while I was in utero. My mother is an actress and my father was a set designer and while she was playing Lady Capulet they got pregnant with me. Interestingly enough, Viggo Mortensen was playing Tibult and was the first one to guess I would be a baby girl. Not only am I a girl but I am obsessed with Lord of the Rings and someday wish to thank Aragorn, son of Arathorn personally for guessing correctly.
Where did you go to college? What did you do while you were there?
I attended the University of Michigan where I got a BFA in Theatre Performance. While there, I drank a lot, went to football games, carried a stuffed Jackolope to class, terrorized Engineering students on North Campus, was a Power Ranger one Halloween, learned Ancient Greek and along the way did some plays, learned some lines, learned some technique and you know, drank a lot…wait…I said that already didn’t I?
Do you supplement your income with any non-acting endeavors? If so, what?
I am the Support Diva for Digital Romance Inc. What is Digital Romance Inc you ask? Well, buy me a drink and I’ll spill all the dirty secrets…
What advice would you have for an aspiring young actor?
Never stop playing.
What is one of the craziest theater experiences you’ve ever had?
Once, when I was 21 I was doing a summer rep and one of the plays had a lead woman who was supposed to be 18. She was played by a 45 year old woman. I, the 21 year old played an 86 year old woman. There wasn’t enough makeup in the world to make that believable. And I wore my flip flops on stage by accident. I also became addicted to Ricola cough drops that summer.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about coming to see Clybourne Park?
Jason Haws is actually okay in this one…and I play a pregnant lady…again.