These last few months I have had the honor of working on Sharr White’s brilliant play “The Other Place” at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. What a journey.
As quickly as it opened, the show was laden with praise from prestigious journals like the LA Times and Broadway World. We were heralded as a “must-see” performance. I must say, it feels incredible to have been a part of such recognized work.
I played “Woman,” which was really three distinct characters: a neurobiologist, a British divorcee, and a rebellious daughter at the age of 15 and then 25. It proved a tremendous opportunity to work on character development and differentiating physicality and mannerisms. So grateful for my acting teachers (Larry Moss! Aaron Speiser! Anthony Gilardi!), and for our beautiful director Matthew McCray.
I have been obsessed with learning my entire life. My fiancé teases me because after a long day of multiple shows plus tutoring sessions, I would come home and collapse into my massage chair while playing economics audiobooks aloud at two times the normal speed… my idea of a relaxing evening treat!
It was this learning quest that contributed to my decision to act: with each new role I get to tackle new occupations, perspectives, histories, and subject matter. In “The Other Place,” we tackled dementia. Alzheimer’s. Losing a child. Difficult mother/daughter relationships. Abduction. Extreme loss. Loss of self. Loss of loved ones. Such powerful topics. My heart has been opened, my mind has been expanded.
Below is a link to a Ted Talk on “How to Prevent Alzheimer’s.” I found it interesting!
A huge thank you to my talented cast and crew and to my friends who trekked down to Anaheim in support!
Juliana Jacqueline Wright
Ian Ron Hastings
The Woman Krystyna Ahlers
The Man Philip David Black
Director Matthew McCray
Scenic Designer Megan Hill
Lighting Designer Alexander Le Vaillant Freer
Projection Designer Nick Santiago
Sound Designer Cricket Myers
Costume Designer Katie Wilson
Stage Manager Bebe Herrera
Dramaturg Casey Johnson
Dramaturg Madi Lang Ree
Exec. Producer Guy W. Marr