Monday, August 29, 2011

{enter stage right.}


In my former life, I was a stage actress. And by "former," I mean "roughly a decade ago." I was a theatre major-turned-professional. I acted in more plays than I can even count. Here in Pittsburgh. And in London. {Yes! London!}  And then life happened: jobs, bills, responsibilities I couldn't skirt, etc. And so my life as a stage actress came to a screeching halt. Luckily, my life as an actress didn't. I'd been with an agency since I was 19 years old, and I was able to continue doing on-camera work and voice over jobs occasionally. It was good.

And then the depression came. Like a bomb. I could hardly get out of bed some days, let alone fathom the idea of acting on stage again. It's true what they say about depression: that it robs you of all the things you used to love. 

But the light has started to return a little. And, as a result, I'm starting to think that maybe, just maybe, I'm finding my heart's heart again. In fact, I actually have proof that I am.  Do you know how I know this?

I've been cast in a show.

Yes. I have.

I auditioned this past weekend for a production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, and I have been given the honor of playing the role of Isabella, which is a pretty substantial role. 

And I am so excited.

I'm a stage actress once again.

The production is at Duquesne University at the end of September. It's the theatre company's alumni show, which means that any alums from Duquesne can audition for the show. It's a wonderful way of keeping the tradition of the theatre company alive throughout generations, and I am honored beyond words to have been invited back. I'll be working with my all-time favorite director, John Lane, and I feel confident that the forthcoming experience may very well bring a huge part of me back to life.

THE DEETS:

Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1
Oct. 6, 7, and 8
8 p.m.
Peter Mills Theatre, Duquesne University
$5 for students
$10 for adults
FREE with Duquesne or Carlow University IDs


5 lovely bits o' feedback.:

Jill B said...

SO happy for you!

Chris said...

This is so freakin' exciting!!!

JenEngland said...

Yay! If I have any of those nights free, I will be there for sure. I have always liked Measure for Measure and Isabella is a great character!

happy moments said...

i wish i could have come and watch your performance (i'm living too far away), but i'm sure you'll be stunning. I keep my fingers crossed and wish you the best. you're having an amazing blog and i really admire your honesty. Only a few have that kind of openess like you. xoxo

krista said...

congratulations, lovely. it's so nice to see your passion reignited! you can hear it in the words. i'm so excited to hear about it...