Cast Reflections on In The Bones
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Cast Reflections on In The Bones

We asked the actors in In The Bones to share responses to the following questions about their experiences with the play:

What has been a meaningful part of your journey with this play / your character?

VICTORIA BUNDONIS
Take a character who upon first look seems extremely unsympathetic and find a way to empathize with her and better understand her pain after such a devastating event.  It reminds me that we really can’t judge people until we walk in their shoes.

TYLER GATTONI
Understanding that there is deeper understanding of the ripples we can make in other people’s lives. Actions and reactions aren’t just a one-off thing, but an affectation that grows and gnaws its way through life. Not only what Luke does, but what the other characters do to themselves and each other in a direct reaction. To echo Luke, it makes one wonder if any of them really “see” each other.

SEAN HANKINSON
Discovering the healing cycle of a person. From tragic event/loss, to being pushed out and trying to hold on to pieces, to rebounding as best as possible and knowing ones personal limits. Ben has an incredible strength that I hope I’m never asked to muster in my lifetime.

ZAC HOOGENDYK
Kenny deals with a lot of guilt and comes out fine in the end. Everyone has moments in their past they aren’t proud of or wish they could have done differently. I’m no different. Playing Kenny has added just a dash more hope that everything is going to be okay.

MEL HOUSE
Sometimes a play comes to you just when you need it. That’s how I feel about In The Bones.  After first reading it, I was deeply moved by the story and excited to dig into the role of Kate.  She is sassy, strong, and so very hungry for loving approval.  This play creates space for reflection on the importance of good healthcare for Veterans, the need for better mental healthcare in our time, the cost of war, and the need for marriage equality. But Cody didn’t write an overtly political play. Instead, he allows us to explore the universal experience of grief and the search for healing.  What I’m struck with at the end of the play is a call to our deepest humanity to recognize, embrace, respect, and celebrate the miracle of life.  I write this at the bedside of my foster Mom.  We recently learned that she has cancer, but because of complications, she will die all too soon.  Her children are scared and angry and fighting.  But I have this play in my bones which is giving me the deepest compassion for the grief of those around me.  And I am witnessing this encouraging more compassion.  I look forward to doing this play again, because it has been a tremendous gift to experience it and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share it.

EMILY KOCH
Discovering the sense of humor within the grief. There is so much that can make one happy amongst grief and finding those moments has been revelatory.


What is your favorite part of the play that does not feature your character?

VICTORIA BUNDONIS
What? There is part of the play that I am not in!?!  Seriously though, I have a number of “favorite parts of the show” but if I must pick one I’d say it is watching the relationship between Chloe and Kenny develop in emails and phone calls. Despite each actor performing in a “void” and never making eye contact in the scene, the connection is still very powerful. And it is lovely to see something good come out of tragedy.

TYLER GATTONI
I’ve really enjoyed watching everyone do excellent work on stage. Since we knocked the filming out in the first week of rehearsals, I got to come back and enjoy the show as an audience member and it has been really wonderful!

SEAN HANKINSON
Something that I never miss (when watching from offstage) is Chloe finding her strength in the fourth scene when she says, “he died and so did you! All twisted up in the ground with him!” Emily (Koch) brings a freshness and truth to this moment in the play that I find electric.

ZAC HOOGENDYK
Kate on the cell phone. Mel House is a rockstar.

MEL HOUSE
The phone call between Chloe and Kenny when he tries to explain his sea monkeys metaphor. It makes me laugh and cry all at once.

EMILY KOCH
The scene between Ben and Kate at Chili’s. I love the idea of deep emotions coming up in public where they are not usually seen.

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