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Actor Cecelia Bellomy on Acting and Seven Ways to Say I Love You

Written by Damian Bowerman

Cecelia Bellomy is a senior English, creative writing major and theatre minor at The Ohio State University. She is playing “Woman A” in Ohio State Department of Theatre’s production of 7 Ways to Say I Love You by Adam Szymkowicz. I recently chatted with her about her inspirations, aspirations, and the show.

Damian: What made you decide to pursue a career in theater at Ohio State?
: At Ohio State, I get the best of both worlds. I get to stay in my home town around family and friends while still getting to work with national and international students, faculty and guest artists. I love theater, specifically, because it is the most present, in-the-moment, live way to tell a story. Theater is immediate.

Damian: What theater artist inspires you and why?
: Through Ohio State’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, I have gotten to work with actor, director and teaching artist Kelly Hunter. Not only is she a radiant actor of Shakespeare, she has combined a love of the text with personal empathy and created the Hunter Heartbeat Method, a series of drama games which help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder improve social and language skills. I am inspired by the way Hunter views theater as an art and a gift, meant to be shared freely.

Damian: What’s on your music playlist?
: I make a new playlist on Spotify with each changing season, and will tell anyone who asks that I am a truly underrated DJ, haha. Right now, I’m into the bands Joseph, Kishi Bashi and the Shins’ new single, “Name for You.”

Damian: What was the most recent book you read for leisure?
: I just finished the first book of C.S. Lewis’ little-known, and, yes, underrated sci-fi trilogy Out of the Silent Planet and am currently re-reading The Catcher in the Rye, a high-school favorite.

Damian: What is your favorite thing about 7 Ways to Say I Love You?
: Since the piece is actually seven short plays, the whole journey of a character in a full length play is fit into a 10-minute scene. This means that each moment, each word is full of energy and emotion. It’s a hard acting challenge, but it is also exceptionally fun to go from yearning to despair to total, complete elation in the space of three lines, or maybe even one!

Damian: Is there anything unique about Ohio State’s production?
: In this production we are transitioning between each short play with music, some actors playing instruments, some singing. To sing and dance to some little-known songs and crowd favorites adds a new layer of play and fun to the piece. Every rehearsal is like the best karaoke night!

7 Ways to Say I Love You runs Feb. 8-18, presented by The Ohio State University Department of Theatre in the Riverview Room, Drake Performance Center, 1849 Cannon Dr. Tickets are $20; $18 for Ohio State faculty, staff, Alumni Association members and senior citizens; $15 for students and children (K-12).

Special offer for CYP Club members: Buy one ticket, get one ticket of equal or lesser value free! The offer will only be available through The Ohio State University Ticket Office and not available online or with Ticketmaster customer service. Customers will have to call us directly (614.292.2295) or come in person to use it. Use the code CITYPULSE to access this buy one, get one offer.


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