Apprentice Solo Show Spotlight: Andy Haftkowycz

11 days to go!

Rumor has it our apprentices had an extra exciting day in their first full run-though of INHALE, 9 Questions yesterday! These shows are going to be sensational! Their hard work and creativity is certainly not going unnoticed around the church. The whole playhouse is buzzing with eagerness! It was only fitting that we spent our Friday checking in with the always endearing Andy Haftkowycz about his piece in the solo show festival.

1. Describe your creation process? (example prompts: What were your expectations in creating? Were they fulfilled or altered? Did you keep your initial idea? What challenged, delighted, or surprised you?)

Oh Man, creation. I’d love to change the world “creation process” and use the term, “just f___ing do something”. Walking into this process, I had so many, many ideas of in my head of what would happen, of who would think what about the things I was doing, and by the time I got up and performed them, they were so far removed from my “image” of what my creation would be. I would do something onstage and in my head go “GOSH! That was awful, that was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,” but then we would talk about it as an ensemble critiquing each other’s work, and I would find out that that thing I was doing, that “so awful” thing was actually very interesting.

2. What is your solo show title? What can we expect/what is it about (in one or two sentences)?

My initial idea, my passion, was to create a show about Ukraine, since they are in a conflict and the whole region and heritage is defending itself in contemporary times, and I wanted to create a show about that. For anyone who doesn’t know, or hasn’t seen my last name, my family was forced out of Ukraine, and it is in my blood, that passion for a people I was removed from. As the process went on, I realized that this story of mine is only a chapter of who I am as a person, and that creating a whole show about something I’ve never experienced in person (the War in Ukraine) would not be true to myself or the art, so I decided to focus on my experiences.

My Solo Show is entitled “Boxes full of _____” Get it? It’s alliteration. I’ve had many struggles in my life, so has everyone, and a big part of my life has revolved around moments that have defined me, scars that have cut me deep, and loss. I guess if there’s anything my solo show is about, it’s how to handle Grief, and how the things we do in this life are only as relevant as the things we create in the future we have yet to live.

3. What do you hope the audience brings to your show and/or takes from your show?

I hope the audience brings flowers to the shows and showers me with them. No, but seriously, I hope the audience leaves my show understanding the moments in life that really weighed them down, those Atlantic moments where you can’t possibly think that anything can get better; my show explores mine, and explores the reason why I kept going.

4. Why should people come see the solo shows?

People should come see solo shows because there are very few chances in an actor’s career where they open up their own heart, put themselves under the spotlight, and say “This is who I am, not just those characters you see me play onstage”. You’re not coming to see 8 performers, you’re coming to see 8 hearts.

INHALE, 9 Questions
7pm, June 9th and June 10th
$10 at the door, but no one turned away
602 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97211

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