September Spotlight on Women in the Arts: Mariela Perez

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.

Mariela PerezMariela Perez, anther one of the ones ion a million spotlighted here at Drama-Queens shared a few minutes and a few words with us:

Tell us about yourself as an artist.

As an artist I am grateful that the arts exist. I do not consider the arts a job, I consider them an escape. I am especially appreciative of acting because it allows me to view the world from another point of view.


When dealing with pieces that delve into religious or spiritual matters, do you feel a stronger sense of responsibility in conveying the message?

I believe that in terms of religious beliefs people have to find their own way into what they want to believe, therefore, when dealing with religious ideologies, my goal it is not to influence nor educate the audience about such ideologies but to demonstrate how they fit into the character’s life.


What role does independent theater play in the New York art scene ?

I believe independent theater plays an important role in the New York art scene. It gives starting actors an opportunity to be part of something important and lets them have a taste of the responsibilities that come with being part of the arts.  


Dream role?

My dream role would be anything with action. I especially love science fiction movies that depict other worlds or futuristic ideas.



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