Meet the team of THE WATER CHILDREN - Charlotte Lastra (Set Design / Assistant Stage Manager)

Charlotte is a Chicago based designer and technician of many trades who is delighted to join her first project with Cuckoo’s! Favorite credits include, GROUNDSWELL (Stage Manager)(Prop Thtr); STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST (Scenic Design), IN THE BLOOD (Assistant Scenic Design)(Macalester College) as well as various construction jobs at Redmoon Theatre and with The Hypocrites. She also tries to impart some theatrical wisdom on middle schoolers as the technical director of Lab School’s after school theatre program.

Get to know Charlotte! :

TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?

CL: I have an attachment to the Persephone myth, it’s perfect example of gods and monsters being used to explain some sort of natural phenomenon. Moreover Persephone’s story always gets told as a tragedy that strips her of agency, yes she was stolen away, but her choice to stay and rule the Underworld always struck me as her own. Maybe I’m just attached to the idea of quiet girls who grow up to be powerful queens.

TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?

CL: Frequently, I graduated college two years ago but I still am baffled that I don’t have to go to school every morning. I tend to picture myself floating through space trying to catch on to the next job or project or person to root me in some sort of routine.

TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?

CL: A little bit of both. I’m a perpetual student, constantly looking for feedback on my work, it’s definitely how I work best. At the same time I think I’ve also given myself a reputation if not for always having the right answer but for being very good at hearing someone’s problem and helping them sort though it.

TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?

CL: My younger brother tends to eat the leftover pizza when he’s home from school but I’ve learned not to hold it against him.

TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?

CL: It ended up being one of my favorite jobs but, the first day I worked in my college’s scene shop as an easily intimidated freshman I had to cut 90 pieces of steel to the same length on a saw I had never used before. When I left that evening my boss told me I looked like I had been in a coal mine and that he was going to have to have someone recut everything I had done because he had given me the wrong measurements.

Come see Charlotte's work in The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building

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