Sabrina Hernandez joins our list of
ONEs IN A MILLION.
One in a Million, a rousing off-Broadway musical, encompasses the teachings that the apostle Paul instructed to Timothy about wealth. “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9 NIV). The play is set at the home of Wanda and Suzy Velez. They both host an annual Christmas party attended by several members of their church. The evening would test their convictions and reveal secrets about themselves. As the story unfolds, each character in the play – no matter how holy they purport to be – becomes tempted by the idea of how more money would make their lives better. Without careful consideration of the consequences, they all throw caution to the wind and find themselves gambling. One in a Million is produced and directed by Kevin Davis.
Tell us about yourself, Sabrina, as an artist.
I love to do all types of work: drama, comedy, musicals, films, especially films! Basically, if I have to act, I like to do it. I’m very lighthearted with my work, so I never fall in love with an idea of a character, or what I think a character should be. I believe that being this way makes it easier for directors to direct the way they want the character to function and act, and it helps me evolve the character beyond what I initially thought the character would be. I also like to find at least one thing that can tie me to my character, a common ground. This allows me to look at things from my character’s perspective a lot easier, and it helps me create the genuine emotions that character would feel.
When dealing with pieces that delve into religious or spiritual matters, do you feel a stronger sense of responsibility in conveying the message?
I think it’s important to always convey the message of any artistic piece with accuracy, otherwise I’m not doing it justice. I feel a strong sense of responsibility, because I am a part of the artistic piece itself, and it would be terrible for me to be a hindrance to the delivery of it’s message. I don’t think I feel any stronger of a responsibility with religious pieces as I would with secular messages, because if I am helping convey the message it is because I agree with it, so it all has equal importance to me.
What role does independent theater play in the New York art scene ?
The independent theater is a platform for fresh and new ideas to sprout wings. It’s more accessible to less “established” faces to gain opportunities to display their talent, whether it be on stage or behind the curtain. It also allows for more niche and obscure theatrical concepts to have a platform, which caters to an otherwise ignored audience. Perhaps these obscure concepts can make their way into pop-culture, and ultimately influence theater as a whole. It also allows people who don’t really have the resources to constantly see Broadway shows to access a less expensive, but just as entertaining, theatrical experience. It’s important to be able to have affordable artistic entertainment.
My dream role would be a strong, Latina female lead in a film or TV show, that doesn’t necessarily focus on stereotypical depictions of Latina women. Usually, roles for Latina women include passionate outbursts and feisty attitudes, as well as some sort of financial struggle or some subservient position in their professional life. I’d like to depict a Latina woman who has her life together and who doesn’t necessarily fall under these strict stereotypical depictions. Latinas can be shy, and we can react rationally to situations without having to slap someone in the face or yell in Spanish. This role can be a comedy or a drama, or even an action role.