In this Quick Selfie, Anne-Marie Saheb tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives. Click here for more information.
Anne-Marie Saheb is playing Canary Mary and one of the Hunters in Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks.
What was your favourite activity as a child?
‘’Living’’ our ‘’Life’’. My sister and I invented realities in which we each had a circumstance and a role, and then we’d live in that world for hours. Our cue to begin was ‘’1, 2, 3, la vie commen….CE!’’. If anything needed clarification, we would call a time-out and talk things over. For example, when we were in a reality where we spoke English (but hadn’t yet learned), we’d speak gibberish, call a time-out, explain what we would say, and pick up the life again. ‘’Méli-Mélo’’! That’s what we called the game.
What inspires you?
People who are genuinely and consistently good humoured. What a treat that is! And it always reminds me that no matter the circumstance, you can choose how you deal with it and how your interactions will be affected. At least, that’s the inspiration. Now for putting it into practice…
Person you would most like to have a cup o’ with?
My father. He passed away when I was very young, and I’d love to hear his thoughts on many, many subjects, and on some of the choices I’ve made. Perhaps I wouldn’t actually ‘’enjoy’’ hearing some of what he has to say, who knows, but I’d certainly love the opportunity. And it’s only the time of a cup, so… should be fine!
What’s your dream project?
Building a home for the elderly, for youth and for people experiencing homelessness which would be attached to a restaurant using produce grown on the premises and which would employ the elderly, the youth and the people experiencing homelessness who are staying in that home.
Where did you train?
Dawson College Professional Theatre Program, for the most part.
This piece was written and submitted by Anne-Marie Saheb.