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That’s Her Way

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Danielle Quisenberry
January 22, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
When a brilliant researcher comes home to her small southern hometown to care for her aging mother, she confronts a long ago choice, a man she may still love and a few surpises.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I teach ballroom dancing for Alvin Ailey and The Actors Studio Drama School, The New York Film Academy and Sandra Camerons Dance Center. I also do some film work. I am very interested in dance for the camera. I do a lot of voice acting as well. When I am not acting, dancing, voicing or teaching, I like to play with my two beautiful budgies, Angel and Apollo. They are in love , like the characters in this play. After many years in NYC, I am getting pretty good at apartment and backyard gardening too and I really enjoy refinishing old furniture. I am also into classic cars. The only real surprise about a southern girl being into cars is that it took me so long to get one. I am excited to have my first project car now..a 73 Scamp.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Well....the play is the thing...but its better with an experienced director and terrific actors in the room. You need the whole team. An exciting thing about this team is we are all interdisciplinary artists. Everyone writes, directs, produces and acts. It makes for a very flexible but disciplined process in the room. We understand the other person's point of view but also know how important it is to own the hat we are each wearing this time.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to work with J. Stephen Brantley. He is a terrific theatre artist. I had been aware of his work for a long time. We had been reading the play for our generous playwright, Kathleen Warnock, as she developed it and had hoped it would go on to production. We get to play the characters at two very different times in their lives. You will see us at 17 and in our 40's. We are looking forward to the challenge of making these changes in front of our live audience and in the intimate space of The Red Room. It is a real pleasure to live in the world being created by our talented director Vivian Meisner.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
All of the above....and thats just when Mr. Brantley walks in the room.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
A playwright can learn a lot in the production process. Theatre Festivals are a vital component of fostering new plays of excellence and making high quality, low cost theatre available for everyone, especially in the neighborhoods where our theatre artists live and work.