Tooky Kavanagh carries creative and comedic strength in “Salesmen”

After years of auditioning for indescribable roles in a pre-hamilton world, Tooky Kavanagh decided to turn to stand-up comedy as a means of writing his own screenplays in a way, and poured his performance art training into his stage presence.

Now, with her latest project, she’s on the big screen and she has no way of selling her dedication to her craft.

Featured in the recently released feature film Sellers, which houses its in-person big-screen premiere at Arlington’s Capitol Theater on Thursday, March 24, Kavanagh’s comedic light naturally shines, as it has on stages across New England for the past six years. . But while the role itself presents Kavanagh’s funny bone in a different light, her years of determination and training as an actress prepared her to take the role more seriously than you might think, and now that she’s on the other side of her exit.

“More than anything, I’m really proud of everyone involved,” Kavanagh said. Vanyaland. “We had to work around COVID restrictions as it was filmed during peak hours, so lots of precautions and care were taken, and everyone on the crew made sure the cast was comfortable plus warrants and all. Not to mention the fact that it was basically a two-person job that did the heavy lifting behind the scenes, in terms of creative vision, editing, and filming. I had a feeling in the middle of production that it would turn out well, but I had no idea how well it would turn out, so it’s great to see this vision fully fleshed out and executed so well.

While this was new territory for Kavanagh in terms of being on a film set, there was an awful lot of familiarity that came with the opportunity. For starters, this wasn’t her first time working with the Tres Gatos production duo of Luke Jarvis and Rob Pooley, and of course, she spent countless hours with her co-stars Will Noonan, Orlando Baxter and Corey Rodrigues in comedy clubs. over the years. It’s this level of chemistry and mutual respect for each other’s creative processes that really helped the film feel authentic, in addition to Jarvis and Pooley giving the film’s stars a lot of creative freedom when shooting. was about injecting a bit of themselves into the script. .

“We all enjoy each other’s presence so much on and off stage, and Luke and Rob gave us a lot of freedom within the parameters of the script to play and bring pieces of ourselves into the characters we play, which are basically we just pushed it to 11,” says Kavanagh. “So there are times when you can tell we really have fun, but because of our respect for each other and the craft in general and what we do, we still kept the boundaries. We we all got the mission, so to speak, while breaking down a bit and having fun in the process.

During her six years in comedy, Kavanagh struggled to rise through the ranks and become one of the most “rising” stars on the local scene. And while she took every opportunity she had to get on stage behind the mic to speak her truth, her experience working on the film really helped her remember why she pursued a career in film. performance art in the first place.

“I have to keep that in mind, especially since we’re still a little bit in the pandemic, and things can get difficult with delays and obstacles, how much I like it and how much I do it for me,” Kavanagh said. “Having worked on this film was rewarding in that way, and confirmation that it doesn’t need to be a giant Paramount project, ‘West Side Story in IMAX’. Just do it and be part of the game, be involved in the storyline, be on screen and play the character, and be part of someone else’s art by this sense that I receive this scenario and use my own abilities to execute this vision and help someone else achieve their dreams. It’s really meaningful to me, and this experience with the film has only solidified that.

While working alongside friends and people you respect always offers some sort of reward, and that proved to be the case with this project, Kavanagh also loves how much the film pays homage to the local comedy scene of Boston, without stopping for the cliches and stereotypes that have historically been attached to other films based in the city.

And naturally, with so many rewarding aspects of working on this project, Kavanagh reflects on the time spent with some of his closest comedic friends during a tense and exhausting time and finds not only joy, but solace in having had the ability to do that, and put that mutual love and respect first.

“My favorite part of it all is a connection between seeing the final product and spending time doing something awesome with people I appreciate in a time when the world is kind of in shambles,” Kavanagh says. “It felt like at least we had each other right now, and that was really nice.”

Sellers movie premiere :: March 24 at the Capitol Theater, 204 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington, MA :: 7:30 p.m., $15 :: Advance Tickets and Event Page