Even amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, our alumni are still out in the world creating art. Kit Bromovsky completed the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute’s One Year Conservatory Acting Program in 2019. Now, Kit shares with us the projects she has been working on in quarantine!
The Show Will Go On!
While NYC theatre is currently on hold, Kit has been cast as ‘Ange’ in The Lion of Verdun! The new play by Tony Barone is set to premiere next year at the 2021 New York Theatre Festival. The Lion of Verdun is a historical drama following the trial of French General Marshal Phillipe Petain after he is accused of treason after the events of World War II. Kit’s character, Ange, is a Hungarian Gypsy nurse who fled Hungary to escape the Nazis. She cares for Petain at his prison apartment, as he prepares for trial.
Kit is excited to dive into this character and feels very connected to her. Like Ange, Kit’s own family is Czech. She shares, “[Ange’s] father was of Czech origin, similar to me as my dad was also half Czech and his father also fled Czech Slovakia just after the war.” She is having fun researching for the play, not only learning about the history of the time period but getting to explore her own heritage as well.
The play is a reminder of resilience in the face of adversity which resonates now!Kit Bromovsky, on The Lion of Verdun
Theatre in the Times of Zoom
Although she returned home to England amidst the news of lockdown, Kit has still found time to keep auditioning. She found the listing for The Lion of Verdun on a casting website online and sent in a self-tape. Kit then went on to have two virtual “in-person” callbacks over Zoom. While the cast and creative team is unable to meet under the current circumstances, the rehearsal process has been able to continue through Zoom regardless. Kit shares that the potential of an online reading may be on the horizon. “Thank god for Zoom,” she says.
Making the Best of Quarantine
The Lion of Verdun is not the only project that Kit has been working on in quarantine. In June, Kit will be performing in a virtual performance of Linsey Watkins’ play, Oh Righteous God and Sinful Me, a dark comedy exploring female sexuality. She has also been using this time in lockdown to work on her own writing. Kit is currently working on a play, Double Crossing, with a friend. The pair hopes to perform together in London and next year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The lockdown has been a very difficult time, especially for many artists. Kit herself admits, “I find during this time it is easy to fall flat and uninspired without the comforts of real human connection.” To combat this feeling, she has kept busy with her many projects, and even turned to teaching kids online! Kit explains, “we are currently working on Mary Poppins also via Zoom which is hilarious from my kitchen in the depths of the English countryside.” When feeling disconnected from her craft, Kit has taken comfort in reviewing her Method Acting notes from her LSTFI teachers like Lola Cohen. While the possibility of returning to the theatre may seem far away, Kit is very thankful for all of the opportunities to watch productions online provided by companies like the National Theatre.
I feel it is important to not let Theatre fade during such times.Kit Bromovsky, on remaining connected with the arts during COVID-19