“When your gift starts to hamper your performance…”: Epiphany The Must-Have Colby Minifie Opening Night Gift
Discover the art prints The boys the actor makes as opening night gifts.
Colby Minifie can’t stay still.
Although it currently appears Off-Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater Epiphany and her series regular role as Ashley Barrett in the Amazon Prime superhero series The boys, the actor still finds time for another artistic activity. She takes a moment from a show, carves it in wood, and then makes a lasting impression of it, transforming one work of art into another.
Minifie made her Broadway debut dubbing the boy and girl in the 2005 production of The Pillow then attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City as a teenager. Although she has always been a performer, during her undergraduate studies at Macaulay Honors College she leaned more towards studio art. “With comedy, you need people…with it, I can spend my time alone, doing things with my hands,” she says.
Art is not just a hobby for Minifie. It also keeps her mentally healthy, she says. “I’ve been working as an actor for 18 years, and I can look back and delegitimize every [acting] job I’ve done being mean to myself and being tough on myself. Theater is so ephemeral… I can have, like, amnesia for success. But with art, I do something and it exists in the world. It’s tangible, and I can say, ‘Look, I did this.'”
It is also a very good gift for opening night. Minifie takes a production photo, sketches it on a piece of wood, then does a line etch of the image and, in a relief printing process, uses the carved block of wood to make an impression to the picture ink. Watch the time-lapse video above.
Minifie made these prints, not only for the cast of Epiphanybut also for MCCs punk-rockas well as his last two Broadway shows, Long day trip into night and Six DEGREES OF SEPARATION. His past draws were all done entirely by hand, rendering his left arm nearly useless after pressing 77 draws for Six degrees. “When your opening night giveaway starts to get in the way of your performance, maybe cut back a little,” she laughs, explaining that for her Epiphany print, she teamed up with her friend Archie Archambault who has typography in his Lower East Side storefront, Archie’s Press.
The actress-artist is serious, however, when she says she can’t sit still. In addition to her woodcuts, she paints, makes pottery, quilts, embroideries (she even did the embroidery on the jacket she wears in Epiphany), and is currently in the process of restoring an AirStream trailer.
Catch her in Epiphany at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater until July 24… before moving on.