- What are you bringing to Boeing Boeing in terms of your background, your skills, and your joie de vivre—your cheerful enjoyment of life?
- Tell us a bit about your role and your performance.
- Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know, but that would delight the audience.
As “the American,” Gloria is loud, affectionate, and bossy. Her manners leave something to be desired. She is competitive and interested in furthering her financial interests. It makes sense that Gloria and Bernard would be a couple because he is a successful architect living in Paris. Gloria finds life with Bernard to be fun and fancy.
I sing Irish music and play flute and percussion as part of the Galway Girls group.
I play Gretchen, the German Lufthansa air hostess. She is “passion incarnate.” There’s no middle-ground with her. It’s all or nothing. I see a lot of myself in her, though I hope I’m a little more psychologically stable. The difficulty with Gretchen is making her intimidating to the characters on stage, but likeable to the audience. I worked carefully with Damon and Hedgerow’s artistic director, Jared Reed, to make sure that Gretchen’s intensity wasn’t so much that the audience would be distracted by it.
I grew up in a German American household and bring a lot of my German-ness to Boeing.
I play Berthe, Bernard’s overworked and under-appreciated housekeeper. She has a tough, no-nonsense exterior and is extremely disapproving of his playboy ways.
Most people think I am very extroverted and confident, but I’m actually very shy and get extremely nervous speaking in public when I have to be myself. I do much better when I can hide behind a character.
I am a quieter person when I’m not on stage or in the rehearsal room. I save my energy for running and acting. Additionally, when I am a speech therapist, I will use some of my acting training to adapt to my clients.
Boeing Boeing plays through August 21, 2016 at Hedgerow Theatre – 64 Rose Valley Road, in Rose Valley, PA. For tickets, call (610) 565-4211, purchase them at the door, or online.
Boeing Boeing reviewed by Lisa Panzer on DCMetroTheaterArts.
Originally published by DCMetroTheaterArts.