Who are you, and where might audiences have seen you before?
I go by the name Fay Lynn. I've been an actor in the Windsor theatre scene since 2002, with a few credits directing and producing, and I am the Creative Director at Post Productions, as well as one of the co-owners of the Shadowbox Theatre. I was most recently seen on stage at the Kordazone Theatre, playing Lysistrata in Korda's Lysistrata (2017). Other recent credits include Carol in Oleanna, Percy in The Worst Thing I Ever Did (which I also co-wrote and directed) at the 2017 Windsor Walkerville Fringe Festival, Kyle "Kylo" Ren in Star War(ped): May the Farce Be With You, and the Koryphaios of Women in God of Ecstasy.
What can you tell us about Callie, the person? What's she like? What is she looking for? What does she need?
I see Callie as easygoing -- to a fault. She's fun and personable, and likes to see herself as open to trying new things, and meeting new people. She imagines herself as adventurous, but in truth she's a creature of habit. She surrounds herself with people and places that are familiar. She avoids real conflict, and evades making any kind of decision that could potentially shake the foundation of her comfortable routine. She has a bold personality, but has always passively allowed others to determine the course of her life for her. Her apartment, her job, where she went to school - everything has been decided for her, and she's always just accepted it, because it was easy. She knows who she's supposed to be, but not who she is. She knows what she's supposed to want, but not what will truly fulfill her. So she's stuck, she's lost, and something's bound to break. She needs something new; something unfamiliar that will force her to make those hard decisions. She needs to take an honest look at herself, really see herself, and ultimately allow herself to really be seen.
How does George fit into this life of cozy routine!
To be blunt, George is Callie's most comfortable and familiar habit. There can be a bit of friendly bickering and petty jealousy, but their relationship is generally easy. It's uncomplicated and pressure-free, and while it isn't exactly “love”, there is genuine affection between them. He's her best friend and, before Sara comes along, George is the one person in Callie's life that she feels like she can really be herself around.
It seems to me that Stop Kiss presents us with examples of several different kinds of love, and that there is love between George and Callie, though it isn't romantic - and isn't what Callie is looking for. How does she find the kind of love she needs in Sara? What does Sara bring that no one else does?
There are times you can meet someone for the first time and experience an instant connection, as though you've known each other for centuries. Sometimes desire can be visceral, and primarily based on animalistic attraction. Sometimes we see in others what we believe is lacking in ourselves, and seek their company as a way of achieving something akin to spiritual completion. Love can be co-dependent, comfortable, and/or self-deprecating. Sometimes something as simple as a touch can feel like coming home. For Callie it's a combination of things, but I like to think of it as something beyond words or reason. She feels certainty, maybe for the first time in her life, with Sara. I think she's afraid of giving in to that, at first, because it isn't easy to categorize and frame the way she feels. It is beyond complex analysis and explanation. My hope is that the feeling will speak for itself.
Why should people see Stop Kiss? What's on it for them?
Who doesn't love a good love story with an element of tragedy?
Photo by Jacques Scheepers Photography