There are few things as fun to play for an actor as a good old-fashioned antagonistic relationship. The verbal jousting, the trickery, the impassioned rhetoric – it’s just a downright good time. Liv Rooth, playing Kate Sullivan, the young lawyer defending her hometown factory in Other People’s Money, really has the opportunity to indulge in this production.
Kate is a woman who is really good at her job by any measure, but has been shunted to doing work she’s not particularly interested in. That probably sounds familiar to many out there. Defending New England Wire and Cable – and taking on a big time Wall Street raider – is an invigorating and welcome change of pace for her.
“She’s a very fierce lawyer with a great sense of herself. She is constantly striving to be the best. And she’s got some teeth,” Rooth said. But what of her now somewhat distanced relationship with the town of her birth and the people in it? “In some ways she’s left behind her relatively unexciting New England background. She’s trying to detach herself from that and move onto the big city,” Rooth explained. However, be reassured this young lawyer won’t let personal issues get in the way of gleefully seizing this opportunity. “She’s really invested in everything she does,” Rooth said.
The dialogue is snappy, Rooth adds, and the needs, wants, and desires are very close to the surface for each character, rendering each one complex and truthful. It makes for exciting and timely theatre. “When I first read it, it felt a little dated, but when we were working on it today it feels, especially in light of the past couple of months, really relevant,” Rooth said.