Sunday, April 17, 2016

Preview Article Questions

From: Bill Cissna
To: Cheryl Ann
Sent: Sun, Apr 17, 2016 5:49 pm
Subject: RE: Preview article questions

Cheryl Ann, thank you so much. I believe these answers will work out fine, but if I run short when I get to the final draft, I will let you know!

I especially like, of course, your answer on past performance/directing credits. Those are definitely four of my favorites, too. As you know from seeing lots of shows as we do, some of them are memorable and a number slip into the slippery sands of forgotten memory. “Leenane” and “Trailer Park” are two that have stuck with me since the time they were done, and will continue to until the dementia sets in.

Thanks again, and be well. Looking forward to seeing the show!


From: Cheryl Ann
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2016 2:31 PM
To: Bill Cissna
Subject: Fwd: Preview article questions

I answered on the questions below. Let me know if you need more or have questions. 

Cheryl Ann
Sent from my iPhone 

Begin forwarded message:
From: Spirit Gum Theatre Co.
Date: April 17, 2016 at 12:48:09 AM EDT
To: Cheryl Ann Roberts
Subject: Fwd: Preview article questions
Hi Cheryl Ann -
Apologies for forgetting to get this to you before.  These are the questions Bill has for the Journal article - if you'd just send him a quick response when you get a minute, that would be great.  Thank you!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Cissna
Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Preview article questions
To: Spirit Gum Theatre Company
Hello! Here are some questions for Cheryl Ann to help with writing a preview article for the Journal. It would be helpful to have answers, via e-mail, in approximately one week (end of day Friday, the 15th). As usual, anything anyone wants to add to the prepared questions is welcomed.
1). Had you encountered this script before auditioning? What about “The Receptionist” appealed to you?
I read the script and then decided to audition. It's very much an ensemble piece that challenges the actors. It's not what we say, it's also what we don't say that adds a level of intrigue.
2). What’s your character’s name? What work or research or discussions have you had that helped you know her better? 
My character is Beverly Wilkins. The script made it easy to bring Beverly to life. She's a very open character in the sense that she'll tell you what's going on in her life and provide her opinions/advice about everyone else's lives! Sarah and I did discuss a few choices and I still have a couple of decisions to make. It's been great working with Sarah as she allows that freedom of character discovery.
3). Some of your past roles in the Triad have included
Ohmigosh, so many! Favorite roles: Willa Dean in Theatre Alliances The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Maureen in Open Space's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, originating the role of Ellie in Conversations in a Cafe for Log-Inn Productions (and having that script published!), directing All About Faith for Log-Inn Production (and having that script published!). (I'm really not sucking up! These are my favorite and proudest moments! Lol.)
4). You know most of this stuff better than I do – anything else you’d like to add about the experience, the cast, the script – anything that doesn’t give away the story?
Lattimer and I worked together in Beauty Queen and our scenes for Receptionist have a Beauty Queen quality. I'm really excited to be working with Britt (she cracks me up every rehearsal!) and Gregg (who I've seen on stage several times). Sarah is an actor's director and she's doing an outstanding job for her directorial debut. Her notes are spot on.

No comments: