First up in 2015
First up, Theatre 167's The Church of Why Not "Under the direction of Ari Laura Kreith, the 19 person cast features many great performances. Elizabeth A. Bell is very funny as church lady Joyce, diligently working her way through Spanish Rosetta Stone in an effort to communicate with the church's Hispanic parishioners." TheatreMania
Then came R & J & Z (Romeo & Juliet & Zombies) by the brilliant Melody Bates - I was Lady Capulet. An amazing ride and oh, the blood.... I ate a leg onstage... Yup, that doesn't happen every day! "From the last line of Shakespeare’s text (which is interrupted by a zombie attack) the humor and humanity shine through. The story of two lovers who were too good for this world…changes into a call to bring love into this world." NY TheaterNow
The classics continue..
Never one to turn down a chance to play an icon, next up was Helen of Troy, in the lovely play Epic Poetry, by James Bosley. Ok, so this time Helen was more like Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy. Another great cast & production. “The UpTheater Company has another incredible play on their hands. Epic Poetry...is a multi-sensory experience. You don’t watch the play; you kind of slowly, almost quicksand like, get drawn into it...and boasting a simply outstanding cast, Epic Poetry is must-see theater. Smart, sophisticated and subversive...” The Uptown Collective
And then the fun continued...
EDSTRAVAGANZA! As part of Emerging Artist Theatre's New Work Series, I was honored and privileged to perform in two short plays, by 3-time Emmy Award winning writer Ed Valentine ("Sesame Street"): Honest Abe in His Underwear (I was Mary Todd Lincoln) and the short sci-fi musical Dancing on Mars (I was Betty, a lonely 1950's housewife). Both were beautiful shows, and well-received by the full-house in attendance!
And summer came upon us
Light & Shadow, a new play by the 2015 O'Neill Theater Center semi-finalist Julie Richardson, presented as part of The 2nd Radioactive Festival Celebrating Female Writers. I played Nancy, half of a couple on their way to divorce, while their son brings home a woman about the same age as his mom (!) and the husband deals with coming out. Quite a ride and met some very talented folks. I look forward to the next incarnation of this piece.