Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nero/Pseudo: Meet Sarah Ripper

(As part of my blogging about Nero/Pseudo here at Balkans via Bohemia, I will be introducing readers to members of the cast and creative team of the show. Today it's our amazing movement coach Sarah Ripper.)

So much of the joy in watching a play you've written take shape is watching actors move and make the words and gestures real.

Nero/Pseudo director Patrick Pearson asked Sarah Ripper to be the production's movement coach, and her talent and positivity and energy are rippling through our production.

Sarah earned her M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU, and received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. In 2008-2009 she toured Asia in Cinderella (Ensemble), starring Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga. Her original work credits include Looking For Billy Haines (Swing), Forward Flux's production of Robot Songs (Woman #1) at Theatre Lab in NYC, and the world premier of Deborah Zoe Laufer's META (co-choreographer) at NYU Steinhardt. Sarah is also a teaching artist at Acting Out! in Brooklyn, NY.

I was delighted that Sarah was willing to answer the playwright's three questions about the Nero/Pseudo experience:

Who is your favorite person/god from antiquity?

The Goddess Demeter. She was the nurturing, protective, and agricultural goddess...basically mother Earth. I find it fascinating that when her daughter was held captive by Hades four months a year, she took her vengeance on the world and created winter. Don't mess with Demeter!

What's the strangest fact about the ancient world or glam rock that you've learned from this experience?

When doing some research of female glam rock artists, I came across the name Jayne County, who was rock's first transsexual singer. I find it strange that I never heard of Jayne until now. Check out her song and performance of "Are You Man Enough to Be a Woman?"

If you were Empress for a day, what would be your first decree? 

My first decree would be that everyone would love and treat others as they would love to be treated. Love, peace, and rock 'n roll!

Nero/Pseudo previews open at The Shop at Fort Fringe on Friday, May 2. Find out more about the play at WSC Avant Bard. Tickets are now on sale. 

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