Having been a fan of Sandra Oh's long before Grey's Anatomy, when I heard she would be doing a play in Chicago I decided I needed to go to support her. I wasn't sure what to expect because I knew that "Death and the Maiden" was a very traumatic and intense story. Either way I was not disappointed. Sandra was amazing as "Paulina" and it was electrifying to see Sandra performing on a live stage . Sandra also has some brilliant cast mates along side her. Raul Castillo played Paulina's husband "Gerardo", and John Judd played "Roberto" an acquaintance of Gerardo's and the center of the controversy in the play. I can't get too much into the play without giving away certain aspects so won't divulge anymore, just going to say that it was a riveting work that really makes you think about how we are affected by trauma.
After the play a friend and I were waiting and a staff member informed us that Sandra would be out shortly to visit with those waiting. There were maybe ten or twelve of us. After a few minutes Sandra came out she was so bubbly and outgoing with everyone. When it was our turn to chat with her she came over to sign my Audrey magazine which she is on the cover. We had a fun chat with her and she was very eager to answer our questions about the play. I also mentioned some Canadian specific things which she seemed to enjoy talking about. And she was gracious enough to take photos with us. When she found out where I traveled from to see the play she was very touched that I went out to see it and she gave me a big hug before we said our goodbyes.
For years I have always heard what a great person Sandra was and that night I was able to experience what everyone has been talking about. She is very warm and kind to her fans and you can tell she values those who support her. After seeing her perform live, I am even more hopeful to see Kevin McKidd and Sandra Oh do theatre together someday. Hopefully sooner than later!