A: "No, I've been involved in several productions, including a dinner theater show. I directed Bright Ideas. I was also in The House of Blue Leaves. I can't remember all of them, but I try to be involved at least once a year. If a year goes by that I haven't done a show, I really miss it."
Q: What are you enjoying the most about this experience?
A: "It's so different, because it's a period play. It takes place in England at a time when women didn't have any opportunities for good employment. The play shows you two sides of life. Everybody wants to do right, but sometimes to exist, the only way to exist is to do what other people don't consider right, which is wrong. And, having that come together. This woman that I'm playing didn't have much of a chance. She tried honest work, and was slave-driven, basically, and she becomes a madam. She has a daughter, who has no idea what kind of business her mother has. Her mother has always sent her to private schools, so she has received the best education from her mother's money, and she only rarely sees her. In this play, the daughter finds out what her mother has done for a living, and continues to do, and that's the big deal."
Q: What would you hope audiences would walk away with after they see the show?
A: "Well, hopefully, they will be more open-minded about what is considered right, and what is considered wrong. And they'll look deeper into people's lives. Instead of just seeing black and white, they might realize there is a whole life behind the phrase, 'walking a mile in somebody's shoes,' and they'll become more open to the things they might have thought were inappropriate."
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How to go
What: “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”
When: 8 p.m. nightly on March 3, 4 and March 10, 11, which are Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, there will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.
Where: Middletown Lyric Theatre, 1530 Central Ave., Middletown
Admission: $15 (plus applicable ticket service fees). Tickets are on sale at www.middletownlyric.org, or by calling (513) 425-7140. Advance purchase recommended.
More info: www.middletownlyric.org or 513-425-7140