The image [my Revels character] has of herself is quite opposite to the angelic idealized vision that this Everyman [character] has upon setting eyes on her. She’s a smart lady in that she senses there is something to be gotten out of this adventure. There’s a promise of gold, obviously. But beyond that, she can sense there is a different type of salvation that might be found at the end of this road, this quest.
My links to the Boston area are very many and very valued. [Revels artistic director Patrick “Paddy” Swanson] and I go back decades. He was my teacher at theater school in London. I spent many, many summers and several winters up in Boxford, where Paddy used to live, just caring for the animals and enjoying the country life of the beautiful Massachusetts summer and going to see plays. I met [Revels founder the late John Langstaff] at that time.
We traveled through several areas of Mexico, the three of us, and that trip triggered the wonderful Mesoamerican play. It was very special, particularly because I performed in it at Sanders Theatre in 1994 along with my daughter, who was 5 years old at the time. It was very much in the spirit of the Revels ideal, which is this collective community happening and celebration.
Some Christmas traditions [at home in Mexico] will definitely be missed, but my daughter will be joining me for Christmas. We’ll be spending New Year’s Eve together in New York City, so while we’re going to be far from home, it will be close to my heart. She is eager to go back to places that she doesn’t really remember except in photographs because she was so young.
— As told to Joel Brown (Interview has been edited and condensed.)
ON STAGEThe Christmas Revels opens Friday at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. 617-496-2222; revels.org