I am pleased to announce that I have been cast as Alice Dearth in Dear Brutus by J.M. Barrie at STAGEStheatre! I have always been a huge fan of Peter Pan and the beautiful magic of J.M. Barrie's stories. I can't wait to escape into the forest on Midsummer's Eve in this rarely performed play. More info. coming soon.
STAGEStheatre’s Moon Over Buffalo is named "Best Theatrical Ensemble" in OC Weekly's "Best of 2017" edition! I could not be more proud of this show. I had the best cast mates and the best director, and even the critics agree!
Thank you, OC Weekly!
I feel very blessed to have to opportunity to play Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo. It has been a challenge, but also a hell of a lot of fun. I could not have asked for a better team of actors and creators to work beside. Each and every one has helped me grow. I don't usually feel the post show blues. I leave my performance on the stage the same way I leave real life drama at the door when I enter the theatre, but this one is a bitter sweet ending. This role brought me so much happiness and humor that it is difficult to let go. I will never forget the many faces of Charlotte and my dear companion in scene one, the rubber chicken.
I have been cast as the illustrious Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo at STAGEStheatre. I will be reuniting with Bedroom Farce director Amanda DeMaio to bring you this hilarious farce by Ken Ludwig. If you are familiar with her work, then you know you are in for a treat!
Now I know what you are thinking: "Isn't Charlotte Hay out of your age range?" Well, I thought so too. I entered the audition room intent on auditioning for the supporting role of Rosalind, only to be asked to read of Charlotte. And let me tell you, I am so very glad that the director had the insight to suggest that I might be better suited for Charlotte. I actually have a love and fondness for Charlotte, but I thought she was beyond my reach. I thought, "I'm too young. No one will take me seriously." And I was wrong. I should have trusted my instincts and aimed high. Thank goodness Amanda set me on a better path. "A chameleon" she called me, and a chameleon I will be.
So I encourage you, even when the devil on your shoulder tells you you are too fat, too young, too tall, too whatever, to follow your intuition. And most importantly, be adaptable, because sometimes the casting director will see something in you that you can't see in yourself. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I am so pleased this door was opened to me.
I am thrilled to begin this journey, which I know will involve a complete transformation in body and voice. Charlotte Hay, I am ready for you!
I feel truly blessed to return to STAGEStheatre, which has become like a second home for me, for the second time this year. I am pleased to announce that I will be playing Desdemona in Paula Vogel's Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief at STAGEStheatre. I am thrilled to reunite with director Jill Johnson (The 39 Steps) for this comedic re-imagining of Shakespeare's Othello. This will also be a reunion for the Americana girls, as I will be playing alongside Amy Lauren Gettys and KC Marie Pandell. Please join me Oct. 8th - Nov. 5th, Saturdays & Sundays @ 5pm, for what I know will be a spectacular show! For more info. please visit my Events or stagesoc.org.
Yesterday the lights went out on Raised in Captivity at STAGEStheatre to a full house. This show has been challenging, maddening, exhausting - and highly fulfilling. I am so blessed to work with such talented artists. We were presented with one of the most difficult scripts I have worked on to date, and I believe that every one of us rose to the occasion. I am very proud of this show and the boldness of our work. Raised in Captivity had been emotionally grueling and demanding, but in the end I wouldn't have it any other way. I send thanks to our fearless leader, director Jack Millis, and the brilliant words of our playwright Nicky Silver. What a beautiful experience!
Raised in Captivity has been and continues to be one of the most challenging projects I have ever been a part of for many reasons. First, the playwright delves into serious subject matters with demanding language. Second, the range of emotions is startling. My character is a completely different person by the end of the play. On opening night, I was frankly afraid of taking the audience on this tumultuous journey. I try to practice my craft with a little fear as possible, but this experience required the element of fear and in the same breath demanded bravery. I am so proud of this show and the entire cast for their courageous performances this weekend. Here are just a few things the critics are saying:
"I admire the fearlessness of Silver’s plotting –his willingness to take the characters and the audience way, way out of their comfort zones.... All of the actors are superb. Each of them have tough roles to play, and they rise to the occasion."
–The Orange Curtain Review (read the full article here)
"...Millis and company take moments to focus on the halting attempts at honesty and intimacy these insular, incredibly fucked-up people are yearning for. That gives this very dark and, at times, uncomfortable play moments of deep poignancy, and it makes the play's final image between two hopelessly flawed individuals resonate."
–OC Weekly (read the full article here)
"If the ideal “Captivity” cast exists, Millis has certainly created it."
–The Orange County Register (read the full article here)
I am happy to announce that my first play of the new year will be Raised in Captivity at STAGEStheatre. I will be playing the mordantly witty and scathing Bernadette Dixon in this black comedy about guilt, self-punishment, and redemption. I am excited to dive into this dysfunctional, warped, and insanely funny family. I welcome this new challenge with open arms. What a great start to 2016!
There is nothing I will miss more than the fabulous cast and crew of this show. In performance, we just clicked. I am so very proud of our show and the audience appreciation we received during our run. Our closing weekend was oversold. The laughter from the audience filled my heart and soul. Although we were not critically reviewed outside of the local community newspaper, we were well received by our patrons - and that is all that really matter to me. After the final performance, we cleared the space with record speed and I left the theatre without grandeur, but still feeling a great sense of accomplishment. Sometimes the greatest learning experiences come from the humblest of places. Thank you for a magical ride.
We were practically SOLD OUT opening weekend! I am so grateful to work with this talented cast under the direction of Jill Johnson. We are just getting started on our run and I am so excited for every performance to come. Here are what patrons are saying about us on Goldstar.com:
"Great cast! Lots of laughs!" – 5 STARS!