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My Box of 64: Ep. 3 – Getting Into Character

On the third episode of the new Looking Closer audio journal, My Box of 64…

I write to my muse, Thomas, with comments on the new Netflix series — Abstract: The Art of Design, the new Terence Davies film about Emily Dickinson called A Quiet Passion, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. 

Then I welcome a special guest: Christine Marie Brown, one of Seattle’s best and busiest actresses.

Listen here:

Immediately following Brown’s intense performance in a Taproot Theatre play, we plunged rather spontaneously into a deep-dive, unscripted, unplanned conversation about the work of acting and its potential as an avenue for cultivating empathy (within the actress and the audience).

– Does an actor change as she inhabits a character?

– What are the rewards and dangers of “getting into character”?

– Consider all of the other lives an actor — or almost any artist — must live in order to sustain a life of imagination and artistry. How does one draw all of these things together into a full, coherent life, rather than fragmenting into categories of “work,” “art,” and “play”?

– And what does Brown mean when she says that actors are “sin eaters”?

The good news: Christine Marie Brown is patient with my rather impulsive questions, and offers wisdom in response to all of them.

The bad news: We sat under a loud air-conditioning vent, so listeners may find that they have to crank up the volume to hear the conversation clearly.

By the way, Christine Marie Brown will star in a special performance of “An Evening With Dorothy Day” at my very own church — St. Paul’s Episcopal in Seattle — on Saturday, June 3. If you’re in town, don’t miss it.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email