Cost of Living: Hang Out With the Cast!

Cost of Living: Hang Out With the Cast!


Hey, I’m Martyna Majok and I’m drinking. I also wrote ‘Cost Of Living’. And these are my friends who are in it. Coming at this as a performer with a disability. The thing I love so much about this play is that it really is about relationships. And it is about people trying to deal with each other through this lens, of their personal experiences with their bodies the way that they are. You know I play a PHD doctoral student Who has severe C.P… C.P. is? C.P. is cerebral palsy. We meet because of, out of this very transactional need,
I need to hire someone. And I need money. That’s right! I need money I’m having a
rough patch in my life, I’m all alone, and this is
how we meet. From our, kind of, end of things, It’s a relationship that has marriage but they’re separated, Eddie and Ani and after that happens, Ani is in a really bad
car accident and it is at that point that Eddie tries to re-insert himself
in to her life. At some point when life like blind sides us, I know for myself we tend to get more introspective. But the reality is that
people need people. There’s nothing bad about needing someone. I think we all need someone. One of my favorite lines in the play that really spoke to me was the line you have about: You have to take your arms
and your legs and throw yourself at what you want. And I just, for me, what the play
holds a lot. It’s a great American story. You know, what’s different
and innovative is who’s telling it. Right? And what those people look like their backgrounds, where they come from, and I think that that’s awesome. Right, it’s also not a pity party. It’s like these characters are very
unapologetic. In that, you should walk out
into the world too and sort of be compassionate,
and be empathetic. But you can also be
unapologetic. Play writing in general I guess
is to like, for me, to show what
the world is which is not what i’ve always
experienced. It’s coming to the country,
and living in working class Jersey. And like, not having money. Those stories weren’t available to me
always. Or not in a way that I thought
was truthful. Getting to genuinely portray people who are not normal
or pefect their bodies are broken. But, at the end of the day it’s sort of the people
that aren’t broken that kind of need more
of the support. To me, just being able to see these bodies on stage
is ground breaking. I hope that people
walk away feeling like they’ve seen a slice of humanity that they haven’t before. And then to that… NOSTROVIA!

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