I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just been offered a three-role, five-month season with the distinguished Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida this winter. And I’m even more thrilled to share the list of plays, roles and directors:
Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel
Role: Canon O’Byrne
Director: Frank Galati
The Grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati, based on Steinbeck’s novel
Role: Jim Casy
Director: Michael Donald Edwards
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike by Christopher Durang
Director: Peter Amster
Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Michael Edwards has wonderful insights into Grapes and I am beyond excited at the opportunity to play disillusioned preacher (and subliminal Christ figure) Jim Casy. It’s a dream role. Plus, it’s Frank Galati’s great Tony-winning stage adaptation. And on top of that, I get to work with Frank himself on a classic Brian Frield play. As if that all wasn’t enough, I get to be reunited with Peter Amster, my 39 Steps director, for Christopher Durang’s fantastic new Tony-winning play–which is still on Broadway through the end of August with the wonderful David Hyde Pierce playing Vanya. We will be one of the first post-Broadway productions of this hilarious and very sweet comedy.
Honestly, to be offered either Vanya or Casy would be a dream come true in itself; to have the opportunity to play both, and have a lark as Canon O’Byrne as well–all I can say is that I consider myself very, very lucky. I’ll be in the hands of three terrific directors working on three great plays, in one of the best regional theatres in the country. And it’s Winter in Sarasota! Plus, Asolo Rep is one of the few true repertory companies in the U.S. So while we’re performing one play, we’ll be rehearsing the next, and then eventually performing different plays on different nights within the same week. In other words: actor heaven.
I’ll post the dates and more details later this fall; performances don’t start until January 2014. But for now, I just want to say thank you to Michael, Peter, and Frank for this opportunity. And a special thanks to my hubby, Tim, who helped me prepare for the audition and callback. I can’t wait to get started!
To read more about the Asolo Rep’s upcoming 2013-14 season, click here or click the logo above.