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This week, Director of Development, Lydia Anderson, sat down with Melancholy Play cast member, Kathryn Lynch. They discussed hair, nuts, and feeling blue.

Kathryn as Frances, feeling melancholy

LA: Tell me about your character in Melancholy Play, Frances.

KL: There’s a lot to tell. She’s tough. She’s a hairdresser and owns her own salon. But she’s someone who has become complacent and doesn’t know quite how to restart her life. To get a kick back in it. Tilly [another character in the play] offers that. She puts a name on complacency and make her realize she needs something more than she has.

LA: Do you have a regular hairdresser?

KL: I don’t have a standard place, but I’m searching for a good hair place. It’s kind of crazy hair. I can’t imagine people would come to my salon.

LA: I don’t know. You’ve got both blonde and curly, that’s like the Holy Grail.

KL: Believe me, it’s not.

LA: What else have you done in Boston lately?

KL: I understudied for All My Sons at the Huntington. And I was also in Love’s Fire with Exquisite Corps.

LA: How did you like understudying?

KL: It’s fun! It’s a lot of work on your own time. I treated it like a silent apprenticeship. I got to watch all these interesting talented professionals every day. To just sit in a room and watch Will Lyman is not an everyday experience for someone my age.

LA: Did you ever just wish an actress would get sick?

KL: A little, a little! But I had a good enough relationship with everyone that we could joke about it.

LA: Where are you from originally?

KL: The North Shore. I grew up there. I went to Western Mass for school [UMASS Amherst], and then was in New York. But I’ve been back since September of 2008, so I feel like I belong again.

LA: This play is all about being melancholy (but in a funny way). What do you do when you’re melancholy?

KL: Audition. If I’m melancholy, that means I’m probably out of work.

LA: What’s your favorite nut?

KL: I think almonds. Salted. They’re a multi-purpose nut. But I also enjoy cashews and walnuts.

LA: If you could be any inanimate object, what would you be?

KL: Maybe a good book. At least then you’d be visited and considered. It’s the closest to a living breathing thing.

See Kathryn and all her great hair (don’t believe her when she says it’s not awesome) in Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play at the Factory Theatre March 12-20. Tickets available at

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