Kajal Dongre ’22 wowed audiences with her intense portrayal of the title character in the Second Form’s production of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus.” What questions does she have for the Bard? Find out this and more in 5 Questions 4.
You played the lead role in Lawrenceville’s production of “Titus Andronicus” – what were the most rewarding and challenging parts of bringing this character to life?
The experience as a whole has been really rewarding. “Titus Andronicus” is the first character that I have ever portrayed, so the biggest challenge was understanding the internal aspects of this complex character and deciding what choices to make on the stage that will best bring out the different sides of this person. Acting in a theater production is unlike anything I have ever done, and looking back on it I realize how much this journey has taught me and how much I have grown.
If you could meet William Shakespeare, what would you like to ask him?
I would ask him about his inspiration for his plays. So many of his characters are driven by the most selfish motives, for example hate and revenge. I would really like to know if that is how he truly saw the human race.
What performing artists do you most admire?
In the world of theater, I admire Billie Piper. She is a British actress and last year played the lead in "Yerma". She is unbelievably talented and she is an inspiration to me.
What is your favorite thing to eat in Irwin?
The brownies from Monday lunches
If you were stranded on the proverbial desert island, what three books would you want to have with you?
I would want to have "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne, and "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly.
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