Voyager: The Return
July 28-29, 2001
Transcribed by Barbara Spencer
Kate was on stage again at 1300 on Sunday and again came on to tumultuous applause. She started off by thanking various people including the organizer of the event, everyone for coming along and especially the lady who had bought Kate's autographed script the day before for £6500.
Kate Mulgrew: I was lying in my rather hot bed last night (there was a heat wave in Blackpool this weekend with temperatures in the 80's and high humidity) wondering what I could talk to you about today that we hadn't discussed yesterday . So how would you like it if I told you a love story?
(shouts of YES from the audience)
The story about Tim had tons of dramatic pauses and voice changes. Kate put on a lower, sexy voice when she was him, and a higher, breathless voice when she was talking to him in person in the monologue.
Kate Mulgrew: Eight years ago my first marriage had just ended and I had taken my two sons, then nine and ten to a beautiful place in County Kerry, Ireland called Dingle Bay. It's a magical place, an absolute jewel God just dropped in the middle of nowhere. Before I left for Ireland, my dear mother, source of all information, called me and said oh darling, I have a great friend. I really think you should meet him. His name is Tim Hagan. I've known him for years and he is going to be in Ireland the same time you are. I'll just send him down to Dingle for one drink, darling. Why is he going to be in Ireland mother? Well, he's a great friend of my best friend, she said. My mother's best friend is Jean Kennedy Smith, who was then the ambassador to Ireland. She said Tim is a great friend of the ambassador's and the Kennedy's and he is going to Dublin to be with the ambassador for a week, but he would be happy to come to Dingle and see you for one drink. How old is he mother? I don't really know how old he is, Kate, but I'm sure you'll find him very charming. Oh, you won't go for him honey he's not your type at all. What are his politics mother? Is he a Liberal Democrat? Course he is darling, would I send anybody else? Are you sure it's just one drink? One drink, and I don't even think he drinks she said. Bye.
The phone rings, hello this is Tim Hagan here, am I talking to Kate? Yes. I understand you are going to be in Ireland. Yes, I am I'm taking my two young sons over for a period of deep reflection and solitude. Oh yes, he said, philosophically we're on the same wavelength completely. From that moment I didn't believe a word he said! I love your mother, crazy about her and I feel it would be a nice gesture to your mother if I were to meet you, so that I could tell you about her and say that I had met her delightful daughter. I said one drink? He said one drink, but can you pick me up in Tralee? I said I'll pick you up. So I drove to Tralee, we had agreed to meet as all normal, sane, relatively happy people do, in the pub at 11.0. I walked in and the pub was closed and as I stood staring at the closed door of the pub I heard 'Kate' and I turned. Tim? Yes. The pub is closed I said. Yes he said, I know, but I have tea perhaps we can have a cup of tea? So I went over, I sat down, but the tea was never poured. In one minute I fell madly, irrevocably, passionately and insanely in love with this person. But he will tell you that he beat me to the punch. But he always has to beat me to the punch. That began, in fact, the great love affair of my life. He didn't take me to Dublin to meet the ambassador. No, the ambassador was calling us in Dingle. He stayed with us and the love affair began.
He followed us to England and then to New York. Then in New York something interesting happened on the day I was to meet Tim there. The phone rang in my best friend's apartment and it was my agent. He said get down to Times Square in three hours, they want to put you on tape for a thing called Star Trek Voyager. What is that? Don't they know I've got a date? He said go, it's very important pull yourself together. They're obviously looking for a female captain. This is a big deal, now focus. Focus! I'd been up for ten hours wondering what I was going to wear. I went down to Times Square to put myself on tape in the pouring rain. It was without question the most abysmal audition in the history of the world. I mean this Captain Janeway was an idiot. Mumbling, fumbling, what was I thinking about? What do you think I was thinking about? Tim.Beam me out of here, I kept thinking, to Tim!
So at the very end of the audition, on tape, understanding my mistake, I said would you please keep the camera running for a moment. I looked right at the camera and I said 'ladies and gentlemen who will be watching this tape, I apologize deeply, this is usually not my performance as an actress, but I have fallen madly in love and I'm on my way to a date. Goodbye.' The plot thickens. I come out of Times Square. It is nothing but a sheet of rain. Impossible to get a taxi. Couldn't find a subway. The busses were not running. I ran from 42nd Street to 65th Street in ten minutes! I took my high heels off and I ran in my bare feet to make my appointment with this Liberal Democrat who wanted one drink in Ireland! I got to the main lobby of the hotel. I took a deep breath pushed the elevator button, 3rd floor. Oh my God, I've forgotten how to breathe. Walking. Walking. Knocked on the door. He opens it and I just fell into his arms. As I did the sodden script fell onto the floor and he said, being Mr. Practical, what did you just drop? I said oh I don't know. It was an abysmal audition, just forget about it. He said no, let me see what it is. I'm interested in what you do let me see. Star Trek Voyager what is that? I said it's a science fiction series. They're looking for a female Captain. Really, a female Captain? I think I'll just look at this for a minute. Why don't you just order some drinks love? He read it. He put it down. He looked at me and he said you're going to get it. I said no, no, no, you don't understand. He said, you don't understand, you are going to get it.
Cut to two months later. I got it, but I lost the man!
(argh from the audience who was enthralled)
I lost the man, who sent me a telegram saying you have no idea what this is going to mean to the rest of your life. It's bigger than both of us. Tim had to remain in Cleveland and raise his young daughters. Feeling that he had to be very responsible as a county commissioner, he elected to send me that telegram and it broke my heart. However, I persevered. I went to work. I fell in love with my job. I fell in love with my colleagues. For a brief moment I fell in love with somebody else, but that's beside the point.
Five years later I am traveling up the Aegean sea with my adored mummy yet again right? Can't you just see my mother? Now my mother loved her Irish whisky at six o'clock. In fact, it's mandatory. So we were standing on our little deck on this wonderful boat having our Irish whiskey and looking at the Turkish moon --- must have been a bit later than six pm, right? --- which is the most glorious moon you've ever seen if you've ever been to Turkey, and as we were looking at the moon she said tell me the truth, of all the sorrows of you life, what has been the most mortal blow? Now she knows that I've been kicked a few times so I really thought about it. Of all the sorrows of my life, I did not hesitate. I said I lost the love of my life mother, you should know about that, you sent him to me. Now I'm going to have dinner with the captain. I'll see you later. I turned to the door of the cabin and I said, if you know what's good for you and our continuing relationship as mother and daughter, you will call him as soon as we dock.
(cheers from the audience)
She did. She's a good mother. A very good mother. She called information for Ohio, having lost his number. She did indeed get a Tim Hagan in Cleveland to whom she spoke for approximately fifty minutes before she learned she was speaking to Dr. Timothy Hagan, the dentist. He said are you sure your daughter is in love with me? I'm an orthodontic surgeon. Oh, my mother said, well maybe you'll work. No, he said you want this Timothy Hagan of Cuyahoga County. She called the right Timothy Hagan. Call my daughter. Oh no Joan, I can't do that. It's been too long too much water under the bridge. Call her. He called, of course he called. I'd been standing by the phone for a week. Ring. Hello. Hello. Kate? Yes. This is Tim. I know who it is. I said don't talk, let me talk. Let's get one thing straight. You broke my heart. Who did you think you were fooling around with, some Hollywood bimbo? Do you think you can go through life doing that to women? Do you think my heart, my words, my acknowledgments were nothing? You devastated me and I want an apology immediately. I've been working on an apology for years he said, but I've been so busy working interstate I haven't had time to see you. Oh wait a minute I said I do have lunch this Friday and that's it for the rest of my life! Lunch it is he said. Can we meet half way? I said no, one pm, the BelAir Hotel and put the phone down.
(shrieks, laughs and applause from the audience)
So I asked to be let out of work, I guess as it was a Friday, it must have been about twenty hours early as they let me go at noon. I drove to the BelAir. I went to the front desk. Madam, Commissioner Hagan is waiting for you at the bar. I walked in, he stood up, he dropped the glass, white as a sheet and I said don't speak. I threw my hat off. I threw my bag down and he took me in his arms and he never left me from that moment forward. And I need to introduce him because he has been the source of all the bleeping complications of my life. Where is my husband?
(Tim joins Kate on the stage to loud applause)
Tim Hagan: Now I'm going to tell you the true story…
(laughs from the audience)
Tim Hagan: …of what really happened. Kate's told it very well. You can see I'm as in love with her as all of you are and what a great opportunity it is for me to meet all the people that made her life so exciting. I can't tell you how many times she's shared this sense with me about how important all of you have been to her life. You're not used to politicians speaking honestly about their lives. All of us in America are not like George Bush. We want to say to our fellow human beings around the world that this guy does not represent everything about America. Thank you all for giving me the best moments of my life. I do appreciate that. Thank you.
( applause from the audience as Tim leaves the stage and Kate says she'll meet him later in the pub for one drink)
Kate Mulgrew: Now I would like to take some questions as this is the last time I'll see you for a while. No, no, not ever, but here in Blackpool. What is Blackpool and is there an outside in Blackpool? No this is Blackpool and it suits me right down to the ground so lets have some questions shall we?
How much has your character changed since you started and why?
Kate Mulgrew: I'd say 95% because I was very nervous at the beginning. There's nothing worse than nerves. It sort of constricts that which is confident in yourself. So I think it took me a full season to find my sea legs and about two or three to take wings. So to answer you question I continued to grow but probably 95% of the flesh I hung on her bones came later. Thank you.
(A small boy asks) Are you and Fintan McKeown good friends? (He was on stage just before Kate)
Kate Mulgrew: Who put you up to that one? Tim? No we're not good friends darling but we are colleagues and we respect one another. I only have six great friends right? That answer that.
A lady wished to thank Kate from the bottom of her heart for all the autographs she had been signing. (loud applause from the audience as Kate had signed over 3500 by the end of the weekend) and for the seven wonderful years on Voyager.
Kate Mulgrew: I promised you that everyone would get one. It's killing me because I would like to personalize every autograph, but it's just impossible, we'll never get through, we'll be here for months.
(shouts of yes and cheers from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: Oh, but what would I wear? Thank you. I really can't believe it's over. It is over isn't it? You see I'm still on my hiatus clock. I shouldn't be going back to work until next week. So I guess I haven't really felt it have I? Although I wept during the finale. Has my husband gone already? It's the longest he's stayed in one place all weekend!
Were there any story lines on Voyager that you would liked to have seen more fully developed?
Kate Mulgrew: Yes, no question about it. But it's a very subjective thing and I'm rather myopic about it because I would have liked to have seen my relationship with Mr. Paris further examined, certainly Mr Picardo. The interpersonal relationships were really working and I felt that for a few seasons that all went to the Seven of Nine/Janeway story line, which was great as it upped thenumbers but everyone else had to take a back seat and in so doing I feel we lost a little balance, and a considerable amount of momentum which is very important when you're dealing with nine characters to keep them all even. I regret that two or three season imbalance although it worked for the ratings, I think for some of the actors and me it was a bit much. Thank you.
Hi Kate, you are undoubtedly the queen of Voyager. (cheers and applause from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: From captain to queen; there's a promotion!
Out of all the roles how did you enjoy playing Arachnia?
Kate Mulgrew: So much fun. Everyone thinks I was doing an impersonation of Bill Shatner.
(cheers from audience)
Kate Mulgrew: I loved it because it was such a departure wasn't it? A complete departure and I said well how far can I go, and they said well… I said say no more and I went all the way. How about Chaotica when he electrocuted himself? So you remember that scene? I wet my pants four takes in a row. It was very funny. I adored it to answer your question.
Captain Janeway always advocated peace when she met with other species. What are your feelings on the current gun control laws in America?
Kate Mulgrew: No guns.
(cheers from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: My husband is going to be very --- I feel strong about this --- he's going to have to caution me to be less outspoken, but the entire thing of guns has now become insane in my country. Wouldn't you agree?
Kate Mulgrew: No fire arms for children and adolescents, then I suppose there could be some exceptions. I suppose hunters deserve to have their licenses and all that, but I would say philosophically and morally absolutely that must end. That must end. Of course it won't if we leave it up to President Bush.
The French actress Catherine Deneuve has stated that over the years she's developed somehing of a spilt personality, that she can watch herself on sceen and imagine she's seeing somebody else.
Kate interjects, "I've heard that, yes."
How do you feel about that? (pointing to the giant screen image behind her head)
Kate Mulgrew: I can't watch myself at all. No I can't.
Have you always been like that?
Kate Mulgrew: Yes. You know on the stage I'm very free, because you are here, the chemistry is immediate. I can really understand that. But who in God's name is that woman, who could meet her in a dark alley? So unbelievable. For some reason it frightens me and it disturbs me but I understand this is true of a lot of actors. I need to really divorce myself from the character and I'm afraid when it's reflected on the screen I have difficulty in doing that to answer you question. Thank you.
I asked this same question to Ethan Philips and Tim Russ. What did you take home from the set as a souvenir?
Kate Mulgrew: I will tell you now because now it's too late for them. Yes you know that Tim Russ just walked off with his console? Took the panels. Took the ship. Took the chair. I took my uniform, from the pips to the boots and I have them in my closet. That's fair isn't it?
(audience agrees and applauds)
Kate Mulgrew: Yes, I took it. I intend to wear it again, although my husband's dying to try it on.I wanted to steal that uniform, and those boots are so molded after seven years. You should see them. You know I wrecked my feet. It's a true story all the tissue on the bottom of the arches of my feet have been destroyed because of those heels. Three and a half inch heels, I said well let me wear flats, this would solve the problem. Oh no Kate, that just wouldn't look right because of course the men are giants aren't they. They are all giants. They're six foot three inches, McNeill, Beltran, Russ, right? So it looks like a stupid cartoon. Now, who has suffered for seven years? Me. In three and a half inch heels.
This is a character question, in the episode that the doctor took off and sided with the Hirogen (Flesh and Blood part2) do you not think that he was extremely naughty and seemed to get off very lightly when Tom Paris was imprisoned when he disobeyed orders?
Kate Mulgrew: Do you think I did not go to Rick Bermans' office, slammed my script down on the table and said, what are you doing? This isn't a dressing down. This isn't a reprimand. He's countermanded all of my orders systematically. I should take his little mobile emitter and you know what with it!
(cheers from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: No, no, Mr. Berman said, the relationship between the doctor and Janeway has long been too hard. It's too beautifully developed now. She feels too deeply. I said nonsense, I'd smack him but good on his little holographic behind. So I agree with you. The doctor gets away with a lot doesn't he? Very busy isn't he singing La Boheme and making love to Seven of Nine. Very busy.
You and Robert Beltran had a wonderful alchemy on screen that I feel was wasted but after seven years. Do you personally know now what it was between you that came up so well on screen?
Kate Mulgrew: What it was between us that came up so well on screen?
(laughs and applause from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: I think she answered her own question didn't she? Yes it's called chemistry, screen chemistry. We just had it. Of course he had it with anyone. He had it with any number of my gender, I've seen it. I mean that and I was sorry that we couldn't further explore it but I tried to explain myself yesterday. Those are perilous waters it wasn't my journey to make love madly to my first officer. I don't think it's fun to make love to ones' subordinates do you? He's awfully sexy though isn't he? Yeah, well he ended up with Seven. Sexy meets sexy.
I know Janeways' hair is a bit of a touchy subject ---
Kate Mulgrew: My hair…
Kate Mulgrew: My hair.
I do apologize. Which Janeway hair style was your favorite?
Kate Mulgrew: Oh God, don't remind me. Do you want to know the truth? Well of course that little steel thing that made me look like a serial murderer in the first season. That was terrifying. They refined it a bit the second one, didn't they? I liked it when it was up at the front and in a pony tail at the back. I think I liked that. Towards the end that was half a wig and half mine, did you know that? My own hair is much longer, much nicer, much prettier of course. Why should Janeway wear that hair? No lets order her a wig. I never understood it. It drove me nuts. I am not a typical actress in that way I can't stand to be touched. Only by my darling. I mean twenty-four hours they're at you. Tell them Tim, true or false? Every five minutes with the powder puff, the comb and the brush all this before every scene they never stop touching me so in the end I just wanted to rip them off . I envy Patrick Stewart!!
If a new series of Star Trek set a hundred years beyond Voyager was made how do you think the role of a female captain would have changed in that time?
Kate Mulgrew: A hundred years beyond Voyager? I don't know. That's a very good question. More relaxed, wouldn't you think? And probably more relaxed about her femininity because it would be less of an issue. However as I said yesterday, I do hope we never see another female captain, she said crossing the stage hoping everybody agreed with her…
What do you hope young women will take from this event from you personally?
Kate Mulgrew: From me personally? Passion and second to passion, discipline. I said it yesterday, and I got a little hot under the collar about what I feel is happening to youngpeople. They're making their decisions later and later in life. Maybe it's because of the inordinate technological pressures. They find it kinda daunting. They're overwhelmed. There's a competitiveness, I suppose, we didn't share when we were young. But I have seen that kids, believe me, especially girls. Baloney. Take the bull by the horns. This is your trip. It's one way. Start now. If you start now looking for your passion you will find it and it will make you happy and lift you up for the rest of your lives. That's what I hope they take away.
(cheers and applause for the audience) Can you tell me if it is possible to see any out-takes from Voyager?
Kate Mulgrew: The out-takes? We have a great print of them. I wish --- no --- Bob didn't bring it did he? They did a print of it for the wrap party and it's very, very funny. Unfortunately, I'm sort of sorry about this, I didn't have many because the day was so rigorous, you know? I had a sort of laser like focus from the moment I came in. There was great laughter, but I never thought that I could let down my guard completely or the whole thing would fall apart so there aren't a lot of out-takes of me but there certainly are a lot of Mr Russ.
How do you create a believable character --- not necessarily Janeway --- from the written word of a script? Kate, how does an actor go about that? You specifically.
Kate Mulgrew: That's the job and that's the joy. Sometimes it's very successful and sometimes it's not. I tend to fall in love first. I become very quiet and I study the script, and I go over the words. I was trained this way by the all time great mentor, Stella Adler, who believed in an epic approach to acting. Bring it up, lift it up, throw it out and make it epic. If you want it mediocre you wouldn't go to the theatre right? I would be nothing if I gave you a mediocre Janeway, so I'm trying to give you something that's bigger. I'm trying to give you something that celebrates not only the word, but the truth of that character. So it's a very complicated and often mysterious process that's not unlike love. Thank you.
Miss Mulgrew, Miss Mulgrew did you have a favorite captain?
Kate Mulgrew: Do I have a favorite captain?
Who is your favorite Star Trek Captain Miss Mulgrew?
Kate Mulgrew: Let me see, who would my favorite captain be? Well I would have to say that Bill Shatner is a lot of fun isn't he? He was a maverick. Avery Brooks I never knew very well. I would have to say if I had to choose, my predecessor, Mr. Patrick Stewart.
(music from the Star Trek: The Next Generation starts to play and the doors open behind Kate and out walks Patrick Stewart to roars, cheers and great applause from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: Now about that hair question...
Patrick Stewart: Miss Mulgrew, Miss Mulgrew! And of course she's right! Are they treatingyou well?
Kate Mulgrew: They are treating me beautifully. Blackpool is the quintessence of grace.
Patrick Stewart: You know if you go along the promenade and down to the center where the tower is and if you were to turn around very quickly you might find a fat faced, curly haired boy in long short trousers, digging in the sand and that would have been me. My family came here for holidays year after year after year, and I have to tell you all, you are the reason for me being in apromenade hotel for the first time in my life. The nearest that I ever got to sleeping near the promenade was about five blocks from the ocean, because we could not afford the splendor of the promenade. We would live in a boarding house back then. Usually with fierce land ladies who would ration out the milk at breakfast.
Kate Mulgrew: Well you've come a long way since then haven't you?
Patrick Stewart: Yes, but you know in a way I think it was better then than it is now.
Kate Mulgrew: You think so?
Patrick Stewart: Well yes, life was simpler then wasn't it?
Kate Mulgrew: I want to ask you this question… (to the audience) Do you mind if I ask a question?
(audience says they don't mind)
Kate Mulgrew: How do you feel now that you have been seven years away from Star Trek. I know you have done movies and you've done them systematically. You've been absolutely great, but away from the daily, I would say discipline, of Star Trek. Do you still feel very much like Captain Picard? That's a good and fair question isn't it?
(cheers from audience)
Patrick Stewart: You've done this before.
Kate Mulgrew: Just once or twice.
Patrick Stewart: Well, do you remember a conversation that you and I had about forty-eight hours after you had started shooting Voyager?
Kate Mulgrew: I certainly do, I will never forget your words.
Patrick Stewart: Well, why don't you tell them about that.
Kate Mulgrew: Well, I can't tell them exactly what you said.
Patrick Stewart: Close enough.
Kate Mulgrew: He gave me some very interesting counsel and advice, of course I was shaking like a leaf. We were standing over by the coffee machine, 'You'll look back on these seven years and be very proud of the work' and then he said something else, which I can't repeat here but that has stood me in equally good stead. And it is very true. I am proud of the work. It is a funny,mysterious thing. When I walked off the bridge the last day the lights just stayed on. It was extraordinary and awfully anticlimactic. Nobody was there, but it would be going on the next day.
Patrick Stweart: Yes, we're lucky of course because, assuming you did have a good time, and for the most part we did, events like this allow us to enjoy what was best about so many of the good experiences that we had. I seem to remember I also said to you, you've got to stay as healthy as you can and get as much sleep as possible.
Kate Mulgrew: Yes, you did. I ignored that particular comment. It's almost impossible to get to sleep.
Patrick Stweart: Yes.
Kate Mulgrew: How do you get to sleep?
Patrick Stewart: I lived for the first year in a state of terror that I would hear the word action and wouldn't know what I had to do next because I wouldn't be prepared. I wouldn't be on top of the work. It was terrifying, but that first year went by so fast, largely because of the fear I was in all the time. But to answer your question, the fact is for me Kate, that as the time went by, and you've heard me say this before, the edge between Patrick Stewart and Jean-Luc Picard became increasingly blurred so that there was a sort of merging of the actor and the role and to that extent Captain Picard will always be with me. I mean I think he's such an admirable person I actually tried to adjust my life to live a little bit more like Jean-Luc Picard, and in that sense it will always be there. The great thing has been returning to do the movies because as you know it's just a wonderful reunion.
Kate Mulgrew: Well actually I haven't had that experience yet.
Patrick Stewart: Well, I've absolutely no doubt that you will. Watch this space ---
(shouts and cheers from the crowd)
Patrick Stewart: I know things that you don't know.
(more shouts and cheers from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: All right, all right, let me pour him a drink, we're going to get to the bottom of this. You know something that I don't know. I think you --- out of simply respect, we have a commonalty, we're both captains --- I think you should tell me what it is you know. Don't you?
Kate Mulgrew: Do you think there will be a Voyager movie?
Patrick Stewart: I think that Voyager and the big screen are going to be connected.
(cheers from the crowd)
Patrick Stewart: I know that sounds like a very politic remark, but it's accurate.
(more cheers from the crowd)
Kate Mulgrew: How long will you be staying Patrick?
Patrick Stewart: Another hour and a quarter.
Kate Mulgrew: How is your life? You have a new life don't you?
Patrick Stewart: Well I have a new life in that I'm a husband.
Kate Mulgrew: You know who he married don't you? Have you met my new husband yet?
Patrick Stewart: No, I haven't.
Kate Mulgrew: I'll introduce you to him later on.
Patrick Stewart: I'll look forward to that.
Kate Mulgrew: Where is Wendy, is she here?
Patrick Stewart: Wendy is in California running our production company and editing the movie we finished shooting in Mexico not long ago, but she'll be here in a few days.
Kate Mulgrew: Are you happy?
Patrick Stewart: I'm very happy.
Kate Mulgrew: Yes, good. When do you start the new Star Trek film?
Patrick Stewart: We start Star Trek Ten or Star Trek X, as I like to call it…
Kate Mulgrew: Good dig.
Patrick Stewart: ...in October. I'm doing a play in Leeds which you are all going to come and see. I have your names. I know where you live. So if you don't come to see the play in Leeds, I have some very nasty friends. All right, the play is called 'Johnson over Jordan.' It's by the Yorkshire playwright J.B. Priestly. It's at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. It's first performance is about twenty-fifth August and it runs through to the end of September.
Kate Mulgrew: He never stops! This is the thing that I find most amazing about Patrick Stewart, I have been on every holiday throughout my seven year tenure as a captain in a bloody coma when it came to Christmas, or two days at Thanksgiving and certainly during the hiatus with my children. He never stopped working. He never stopped! How many plays did you do in the seven year period?
Patrick Stewart: I did a lot of things in the breaks. It's my way of vacationing. I know, I know, it's disgraceful. It is! I was in the rehearsal room for twelve hours yesterday and there were a couple of occasions when sitting in an un-air-conditioned room, as this is England you know, and we don't get heat waves in England ever, so we don't need air conditioning, being asked to do things that were really quite uninviting. We were playing theatre games, rehearsal games, improvising stuff and it was hard but there were a couple of times when I thought there's nowhere in the world, at this moment, that I would rather be, than in this overheated rehearsal room with a handful of other actors. What about you, what are you doing now?
Kate Mulgrew: They know what I'm doing. We talked a little bit yesterday about this play I'm about to do which is rather frightening. It's about the life of Katharine Hepburn. It's a one woman show. It was written for me by Matthew Lombardo and will open in Hartford, where Miss Hepburn was born and raised, in January.
Patrick Stewart: Wonderful.
Kate Mulgrew: Yes.
Patrick Stewart: Then moving on to New York?
Kate Mulgrew: Yes.
Patrick Stewart: And LA?
Kate Mulgrew: Hopefully so. My husband is running for governor of Ohio, so I'll have to see how the Primary goes and then the General and that's where we're sort of putting our attention this year.
Patrick Stewart: Wonderful. Now is the Primary of less importance than your play? You've got different priorities, young lady!
Kate Mulgrew: Torn between two lovers behaving like a fool. No the primary comes first, this race comes first.
Patrick Stewart: I hear your husband is a Democrat?
Kate Mulgrew: He is a Democrat. Darling come up and meet Mr. Stewart, where ever you are. Where is he? He's been looking forward to meeting you, Patrick. This is turning into sort of a cocktail party.
Patrick Stewart: (to audience) Just talk among yourselves. Take a picture. This is what two happy men look like.
(Tim Hagan then leaves the stage as Kate tells him not to fall down the steps)
Patrick Stewart: You wouldn't want to lose him in Blackpool.
Kate Mulgrew: No, absolutely not. Do you think these people would like to ask questions?
Patrick Stewart: Probably, they're standing over there and we're having too much fun!
Kate Mulgrew: We are! Who has a question?
Patrick Stewart: Nobody. So we'll just carry on!
Someone asks Patrick when he's finished in Leeds will he come to Huddersfield and do a pantomime?
Patrick Stewart: You did say Huddersfield? Yes. I have no plans at the moment to do a pantomime in Huddersfield, however I will be at the opening game of the season in two weekstime, when Huddersfield Town are playing Bournemouth and I expect you all to be there because I know your names. I know where you live!
How long will it take this Borg to mature? (asked by a woman holding up a very small costumed child)
Kate Mulgrew: Any idea how long it will take this Borg to mature? Oh God, isn't he sweet? He's so borgified he can't work for his government .
Patrick Stewart: He'll grow out of this!
Seeing you both there, I just wondered are you going to do a movie together?
Patrick Stewart: YYYYYYEEEEESSSSSS.
Kate Mulgrew: That begs a question doesn't it? We couldn't both survive could we?
(yes from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: No way, somebody always has to die.
Patrick Stewart: But not a Captain. You could save me from death. Or maybe you wouldn't. Let him go, let him go!
Kate Mulgrew: You on the other hand could save me by a fetlock.
Patrick Stewart: I would love to do that. I would carry you out of a burning space ship.
(cheers from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: That would work. We could have all the elements of Star Trek. Patrick, the rather understated romantic lead --- but what about Bill Shatner? We've got to get him in there somewhere.
(no's from the audience)
Kate Mulgrew: There's room in the Star Trek universe for everyone.
Patrick Stewart: Yes, there's room if you bring along horses as well. Bring enough horses and he'll get there, and of course he would be very happy to do it for no fee.
Kate Mulgrew: What about Mr. Brooks?
Patrick Stewart: Exactly. You know you have brought up something which is really rather a good idea combining all the captains, and of course we have a new captain now.
Kate Mulgrew: Yes, but he's a new, young pup. He hasn't been tried yet. Actually he has been tried hasn't he, in Quantum Leap.
Patrick Stewart: I'm told all the women think he's very sexy.
Patrick Stewart: Oh! how quickly you forget!
Kate Mulgrew: I've been trying to discuss with these wonderful people the morality of Star Trek Patrick, but they really want to talk about sex.
Patrick Stewart: And that's news to you? It always ends up about sex.
Kate Mulgrew: It is about sex isn't it? Life? Sex and God right?
Patrick Stewart: Would there be life without it? So what about another question?
(from a child) How many times have you been born and Borg?
Kate Mulgrew: I hope I didn't hear that the way I think I heard it.
Patrick Stewart: I thought I heard first how many times have you been bald, how many times have you been born and how many times have you been borged.
Kate Mulgrew: I thought he said how many times have you been a bald Borg.
Patrick Stewart: Well I was very young when I was born.
Kate Mulgrew: Tell me Patrick, were you bald when you were born?
Patrick Stewart: Born bald, but not Borg.
I would like to ask Kate how she is liking the North of England and does Patrick miss it whenhe's away?
Patrick Stewart: I heard the last part, 'Does Patrick miss it when he's away.' What might I miss?
England. The North of England.
Patrick Stewart: What's that got to do with Kate?
Is she enjoying it?
Kate Mulgrew: I love the North of England, to answer your question, but I've only seen the North of England inside this Convention hall, so I'm making my way down to Cornwall tomorrow for the rest of the week, then I'll maybe see some beautiful country.
I hope to be able to complete the transcript when I get a tape with the ending.
Not transcribed yet, but also discussed:
Someone asked Kate who, out of all the actors she had worked with, did she admire most. Her answer was Richard Burton. She said he was wonderful and she had her twentieth birthday while working on the film 'Tristan and Isolt' (Love Spell) with him. He threw a party in her honor. She said what better way to celebrate your birthday than sitting on Richard Burton's knee?
Someone else asked if she had enjoyed working with Pierce Brosnan in the 'Manions of America'. She replied that she had and that it was long before he became famous as James Bond but that he deserved all happiness.