Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well, hello there!

Um...hi...sorry to have been neglecting you.

I have no good excuse. I've been busy, sure, but that's pretty much status quo.

Do you forgive me? Pretty please?

Okay, so now that I've crawled back onto this blog, what shall I write about?

How about my latest acting venture? Sound good? All-righty then!

I had the great privilege to play the role of Catherine in The Foreigner. A fun role in a hilarious comedy! But the best part is I got to be part of the centennial season of my home theater, The Players Club of Swarthmore! Actually, to call it my home theater implies that I work at others, which I don't. But that's because PCS is a convenient 5 minutes from my house and is one of the most well-respected community theaters in the region - so I don't have cause to wander.

Anyway...the premise of The Foreigner is that this guy, Charlie, is depressed, so his friend takes him to a backwoods fishing lodge to get away for a few days. But he's also painfully shy and doesn't want to talk to anyone - so his friend tells the innkeeper that Charlie doesn't speak English. The comedy comes from him understanding everything everyone is saying, when they think he can't.

As always when I work at PCS, it was a great bunch of people. All super talented and fun to work with. I get to flex my creative muscles and make new friends at the same time - what could be better?

And the role of Catherine was especially fun because, well...she's a bitch. Most actors will tell you that it's more fun to play bad than good. Well, to call Catherine bad is not quite accurate - she's basically someone who hasn't found her place in the world and takes it out on everyone around her. Still, as much fun as it is to yell and stomp and pout, I had a hard time doing it. I kept getting direction to be meaner. I felt like I was really pushing it, but I guess my idea of nasty doesn't come across on stage. Thankfully, the Director and AD didn't give up on me and I finally got Catherine where she needed to be. Even got a decent review! So, that was tons of fun.

Now I have to read scripts to try to find a show I'd like to direct next year. Any suggestions?


  1. Kristy, Sorry I missed your performance in "The Foreigner". Are you auditioning for other shows at PCS this season?

  2. Nope, not this season. My kids are 8 and 5, so I keep myself to one show a season - otherwise, it's too stressful for the family. I keep joking that I'll do more theater when they're old enough to do it with me - but perhaps just when they're old enough not to miss me. Actually, my son is toying with the idea of auditioning for the Rogers & Hammerstein to come - but if he does, I'm hoping my hubby can do it with him. My dear Michael hasn't been on the boards in over 10 years!

  3. Direct a musical with a kick-butt guitar part so I can come play:-)

  4. How cool would that be? But I don't think I'm ready for a musical yet (still a pretty new director). When I am - how about Rent? Rocky Horror?