Hey, Molly, fancy running into you in this place we both agreed to meet.
Hey, Connor. I love a good coincidence.
Can you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Molly Powers Gallagher.
I like that you introduce yourself with just your name. No descriptors necessary.
Well, I’m more than my resume. (I’m an actor and a writer.)
Cool. Well, who’s your number one most played artist right now on wherever-you-get-your-music?
Oh. Definitely Linda Ronstadt‘s “Desperado” on a loop.
And how do you spend your free time?
That sounds like all of the things that I would like to be able to tell people that I do with my time. Okay. Can you tell me about the project you’re working on at Town?
Sure! I’m writing a full-length play called THREE SISTERS, THEIR BROTHER & THEIR DEAD MOTHER. It follows adult siblings who are grappling with the question, “Do we inherit the sins of our parents?”
That sounds like something I’d be interested in seeing. What excites you most about it?
I’m starting to fall in love with the characters. At the core of the story are three sisters who messy and flawed but still hold agency, who are terrified but resilient in the wake of tragedy. We are all so many conflicting, complicated things at once, and I really hope someone in the audience will feel seen by watching these women on stage.
Is there a moment you can point to where you called yourself an artist and fully believed it for the first time?
Yes, and it’s almost one year to the day! Last year, I rearranged my whole life so I could put being an artist first. Within that first month, I finished a draft of a screenplay and presented an excerpt at a coffee shop as part of a reading series called The Salon. It was magical—passion and purpose collided, and I’ve been writing non-stop since. I don’t know if I believe in signs, but on that exact day this year, that very script is going to be part of The Lab at the Athena Film Festival, where I got to workshop that very script with some pretty awesome industry mentors.
Love a good coincidence. What motivates you to keep going?
Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted this once, and it punched me in the gut, “1. Realize being an actor of color means no one will write your dream role for you. 2. Get to writing. 3. Repeat.” I have felt the effects of under/mis-representation in both my personal life and professional career. I have to show up for myself and create opportunities to be seen. I can’t rely on waiting for gatekeepers to open doors for me, I have to build my own entrance.
I also don’t want to let the people who believe in me down. It’s an insult to them if I don’t try my hardest.
*clapping* Any other projects in the works?
I’m also developing a new play for young audiences called THE LIVING HISTORY PROJECT as part of The New Victory LabWorks at The New Victory Theatre. It’s a show that constructs and deconstructs a women’s history museum and asks the question, “What is the danger if young people, particularly girls, never see themselves represented in the historical narrative?”
It’s a busy and exciting time.
Your spirit animal is:
Sandra Oh. Emma Thompson. My grandmother.
How can your fans follow your career, should they want to/should you want them to?
Thanks for taking the time to do this.
It’s my pleasure.