If We Were Birds Interview: Siddeeqah Shabazz

Through the lens of Greek tragedy, If We Were Birds presents an unflinching commentary on contemporary war and its devastating aftermath, particularly for the women who become its victims.

20% Theatre Company is excited to present this beautiful, shocking and brutal new play by Erin Shields at Nimbus Theater September 13-27, 2014.  Before and during the run of this show, we will be giving you the chance to learn a little bit more about the artists involved in our production. In our first interview, meet actor Siddeeqah Shabazz.

Actor - Siddeeqah Shabazz
Actor – Siddeeqah Shabazz


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? How/when/why did you get into theatre?

I got into theatre when I was about 14 years old. My dad didn’t want us hanging around the house another summer so he got my sister and me into the Black Rep. Group Theatre. We did The Wiz and it was my first play and I was hooked from then.

What excites you most about If We Were Birds?

I can’t wait to see the set. I have a vivid picture in my mind and I want to see if it’ll come close to that. I am also enjoying everyone’s voice. The characters that are already starting to form with just the few rehearsals we’ve had.

What is your role in the play? What do you think will be the most challenging and/or rewarding part of performing this role?

The Bleeding One (part of the chorus). The most challenging thing is making sure I portray this character just right. She’s a more outside herself than usual and I want to show that and her strength and her tenacity. I think that’s the most rewarding too.

Tell us a little bit about the character.  Is this role similar to roles you have played in the past or will this be a stretch for you?

This will definitely be a stretch for me. She is a strong woman. She doesn’t have much but what she clings to is enough to still show hope and life and the willingness to keep going.

What do you hope the audience will walk away from this production knowing, feeling, or thinking after seeing If We Were Birds?

I’m not sure yet. It’s still early and I’m still growing/learning.

What else do you do in the world, outside of theatre and/or working on this production?

Teen programming at Pillsbury House Theatre.

What is your favorite thing about the Twin Cities?

This place is very community based so the block parties, concerts, festivals that happen all summer and it really brings people together.

What is your favorite type of bird?