By Yasmine Lever
This week I interview the versatile, extremely hardworking ultra talented triple threat Sky Lakota -Lynch who plays Barnaby in Land Of Broken Toys which will be playing at Manhattan Rep in May and then at The New York International Fringe Festival this summer.
WHAT KIND OF ROLES DO YOU FIND ATTRACTIVE? WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A NEW SCRIPT?
The perfect role for me is a role that is completely off of myself, playing a character that is as far removed from Sky as possible, this helps me relate to the character in a way that is not completely personal, I have to stretch myself as an actor to reflect what this person wants or is.
In a new script I look for something that isn't of the norm. something that will chip towards breaking the mold. One of my favorite things about Land Of The Broken Toys, is that is does that beautifully. It’s a complex play but its is still relatable to the audience member, which it a fun play to act.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESS
The table work would have to be my favorite, you get to sit down and work through all the ideas and kinks with the directors and cast, it helps to fully get a grip on what is going on before you even jump in the lake of acting. Its all baby steps.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR FROM THE DIRECTOR AND OTHER ACTORS IN
I look for people that are easy to work with most of all, people that will respect that task that is at hand; a director that is not completely product oriented, and an actor that is willing to say “Lets just play around”.
LIKE ME YOU TRAINED IN MUSICAL THEATER TOO
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR WORKING ON MUSICALS OR STRAIGHT PLAYS
I truly have no preference in what style of theater it I am doing, I have a deep love for both. I have an easier time doing a straight play only because the other factors or singing, acting, and dancing are eliminated and my job because less of a juggling act and more of a straight line.
HOW IS IT FOR YOU HAVING THE PLAYWRIGHT ALSO CO DIRECT?
It has truly been a great experience and a breath of fresh air,.Having the playwright direct is such a helpful tool .Because it is their baby, they help convey their ideas into serving your acting. No play or character is ever about you the actor.