Here's a Story of a Southern Lady...
I was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana, and have strong family ties to Arkansas. I made that awkward transition from teenager to young adult in Nashville, TN. So my heart lies firmly planted in the South. There is something kind of special about us Southerners, just like there is something special about you New Englanders, Mid-Westerners, and West Coasters (Sorry, this anecdote is only valid in the continental US).
Sometimes even I wonder how this small-town girl got the notion to do theatre (specifically classics), and all the credit has to go to my mother for raising me on black-and-white movies, and for making my early childhood heroes Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Carol Burnett, Barbara Stanwyck, and Judy Garland. How many people do you know who could quote Arsenic and Old Lace word-for-word at six? Well, you know one now. I was a kick-ass first grader.
Now this is getting incredibly too long for a bio, and you are busy, so here's what you should walk away with:
- From the South
- Loves the classics
- Worships Shakespeare, Shaw, Williams, and Moliere
- Wanted to marry Danny Kaye when she grew up
- Human rights activist
- Cares passionately
- Plays fiercely
- Works doggedly
- Really doesn't take things too seriously. ("Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain Multitudes.")