Jacob’s House Artists Reveal: Kelly O’Donnell

(Ed. note: Ridiculously late, but this interview completes the set! Thanks to all the Jacob’s House and Divine Reckonings artists that participated)
What is Jacob’s House?
What is ForePlay: Divine Reckonings?

Kelly O’Donnell
Director, Jacob’s House

Previous Flux Experience: co-founder of Flux. Played Tegan in The Lesser Seductions of History. Directed Rue, Riding the Bull, Life is a Dream and 8 Little Antichrists. Directed Food:Soul This Storm is What we Call Progress.

Do you have a favorite Bible character?
Jesus. Like most of my childhood friends, I don’t talk to him anymore.

Are you blessed?
As a verb, no. As a 2-syllable adjective, absolutely.

If you were wrestling an angel, what moves would you use?
The transmogrifying Irish whip.

What would you do for more life?
Anything – as long as it doesn’t hurt or inconvenience anyone. Until someone creates a magic longevity pill, I’ll stick with leafy greens, better sleep and I’ll always wear a helmet.

What’s the weirdest thing in your parents’ attic?
My parents used to have this really creepy 3 x 4 1/2-foot painting of a sad clown in our attic. I don’t think it’s there anymore but it still haunts all of us who saw it.

What is your prior experience with the Old Testament?
I went to Catholic School for my entire life so we studied it a lot. The nuns, however, made a point to ensure that we understood that it was the “old” testament and what we really should focus on is the new one. I’m still waiting for the third testament to be published to see how it all wraps up. I always did very well in Religion class because I love stories.

If you believe in a deity or deities, what kind do you believe in?
I always imagine God to be like Ralph Richardson’s portrayal of The Supreme Being in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits. After a radiant entrance, he says “Oh I do hate appearing that way, it’s an entirely noisy manifestation. Still, rather expected of one, I suppose.”

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