- Soooo, I guess I'm an actor now...?
- December 2nd, 2016
In the acting world, it really is who you know. Specifically, in my case, it's because I know my daughter.
I think I've mentioned it before, but she does a lot of regional acting. It's more unusual for her to not be in at least one show than it is for her to be performing in one show while in rehearsals for another. (Which just goes to show what I know... I tried everything I knew to get her to major in something else in college. Let that be a lesson to you, kids - parents don't always know what's best.) Right now, she's in rehearsals for two shows: a raunchy Christmas show I really don't know a lot about yet, and "The Vagina Monologues." This is where I come in.
Apparently, the woman who was supposed to read "The Flood" and "The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could" dropped out after rehearsals had already begun, and they needed an older woman pretty fast. Kyrsten suggested 'her mom,' so I went in and read and I guess I got the part. This has been in the works all week, and I'm still stunned. My casting has necessitated changing a couple lines. For instance, no one's going to buy that I haven't had sex since 1953; I wasn't even born yet, and besides, the director was really expecting someone older-looking when Kyrsten said her mom would read - I'm keeping my mohawk thank you very much - but she said I sold the piece. "The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could" was a little more difficult for me because it's about sex between a woman and a teenage sexual abuse survivor, so it can come off as something abusive rather that redemptive if you don't handle it right, and I was really nervous about that nuance. The director's and other actors' feedback has been really positive after our first rehearsal, but I know that's the one I need to work on because I really want to nail it. I also have a few lines in some monologues that were broken down into ensemble pieces. I'm worried about all that memorization, but I have until the end of January until we open.
Did I mention that I'm getting paid...?!?