I realized that to truly be an actor is a great privilege. The chance to hold a mirror to the world. What an honor it is to be a vessel for stories. To be allowed to inhabit so many lives. Acting is less about talking loudly, and more about listening closely.
As an actor, I’m interested in truths. I’m interested in playing someone so that audience could say: “Yes! I feel that way too, I’m not alone.”
Whether the motive is to make the audience respond with empathy or laughter, fear or delight, the important thing is that they feel something. To huddle close around the fire, and let the storyteller inspire wonder.
Maria Fontanals is an Award-Winning Spanish actress, educator, and currently faculty member at HB Studio, one of the original New York acting studios.
March through May, 2023 – New York
La dama boba
A wry, gender-defying comedy about two sisters, one educated and one silly, both engaged to marry but both in love with the same man. To compensate for her simpleness, the “Lady Simpleton” has the larger dowry which attracts the attention of her sister’s fiancé, a poor nobleman. When the two suitors arrange to exchange prospective wives, chaos prevails. Yet the “silly” lady turns out not to be so simple after all.
Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.