One heart. Two twins. A "Hot Mess."

by Alicia Anstead

Twitch and Polo are twins. They weren't exactly joined at the hip at birth, but they were joined at the -- heart. So what beats for one, beats for the other. It's something between sibling rivalry and being in love. But however you see their interaction, it's one big hot mess. Indeed, Hot Mess, the play by rising Brit star Ella Hickson, runs through March 3 in the Ex at the Loeb Drama Center. Hickson will give a pre-show talk at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 (before the 7:30 p.m. performance) and will be a guest in the Learning from Performers series 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 5 at Farkas Hall, supported by the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Fund. We caught up with Hot Mess director Joshua McTaggart '13 to ask a few questions about Hickson's work.

What drew you to the script?

I was drawn to the script for its relevance to people of my age, in their early twenties, dealing with love, sex, sexuality and connection.

What do you hope audiences will take away from the experience?

The hope is that Hot Mess makes people think about what it means to be in love, how different people can connect, and also really make them reflect on those they are intimate with. Love is a force to be reckoned with.

What do you hope to learn from the playwright?

I've already met Ella, twice, but I'm intrigued to find out how Ella created these characters, whether she based them on people she met or knew, or whether they were created entirely from imagination.

[Caption: Bryan Kauder as Polo and Emily Hyman as Twitch share a heart and a stage in "Hot Mess." PHOTO: ALICIA ANSTEAD]