A week from today I'll be opening Pericles, a joint production of the Northwest Classical Theatre Company and Willamette Shakespeare, directed by Daniel Somerfield. We're following the fairy tale aspects of the story by making incredible leaps of imagination through our production elements. There are just 6 actors playing over 30 characters, we play music and generate live sound effects, and in the 38-seat Shoebox theatre we travel to foreign lands on the deck of a very shipwreck-prone ship.
I am playing Marina, as well as 7 other more minor characters. It has been a challenge and a delight to make each into a strong, dynamic character. Marina has been especially challenging, since she seems to resist both archetypes of the damsel in distress, and the warrior princess. Many things happen TO her, and it's been uniquely challenging to find in her text where she is trying to enact change upon others to change her circumstance, and how much she submits to the will of the gods. She lives in a unique world defined by intense suffering, optimism, and Fate. I find myself using my imagination to fill in many gaps of her history, which fits nicely, of course, with the larger concept of the play.
I'm looking forward to opening this show, as I believe it is one that will change and evolve greatly during the run.
Pericles runs at the Shoebox Theater (2110 SE 10th between Lincoln and Grant) from Nov. 16-Dec. 9. Visit www.nwctc.org for tickets and information
This spring has been an incredible experience making Potty Talk.
Potty Talk is a sketch comedy series that addresses social boundaries and stereotypes through humor, and satire. Focusing on the expectations for and social constraints on women, Potty Talk inhabits and explodes some of the biggest, most vicious stereotypes out there.
I am the writer, director,and producer as well as an actor. We've assembled an amazing group of people and have filmed 7 sketches, which will be released on the internet at the end of July. Please follow our progress and learn more at www.PottyTalkPDX.com. It's an amazing project that I'm very proud to be creating!
Other exciting announcements:
This summer I will be performing in Henry IV part 1 at Post 5 Theatre Company as Lady Percy. The show is directed by Don Alder and stars many talented people. I'm very excited to work with this fresh, new company for the first time.
Lastly, but not at all least, I am exctied to announce that I have joined the Northwest Classical Theatre Company as a company member for the 2012-2013 season. I have already been cast in two plays there for the upcoming season, and I look forward to helping our in other ways as well. I am so thrilled to be making more theatre magic with this magnificent, small company in Portland this year! Stay tuned.
Hello all! Thanks for checking in.
This Friday I open Much Ado About Nothing at Northwest Classical Theatre Company. I'm playing Hero in this production, directed by David Sikking. It takes place on "Messina Beach" in 1965 (which has required some minor textual adaptations). I'm joined by some amazingly talented actors, whose enthusiasm and dedication bring the show alive. I'm proud to take on the role of this ultimate ingenue, and hope you have the chance to come check it out. Tickets at www.nwctc.org.
Also, later this month I'll be launching my new project, Potty Talk, a series of comedy sketches about, starrring and made by women. Following the project launch on March 31, I'll post more information about what to expect from Potty Talk. Please drop me a line if you'd like to stay informed!
In January I attended the Theatre Bay Area auditions in San Francisco, CA. This April, I'll be appearing at the PATA General Auditions. I'll see all you Portland auditors there!
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