Playing with Gender in an Alien Landscape

June 19, 2017

I don't think I can properly express how excited I am about playing Nancy in Space Girl. I have been wanting to play this role again since we did a staged reading of Mora Harris' amazing script at last year's Occupy the Stage event for Women's Theatre

Festival, and now I get to play him in a fully staged version! That’s one of the amazing things about Occupy. It acts as a place to workshop plays, and as a potential stepping stone to a main stage production for newer work. I’m looking forward to this year’s Occupy to see what stands out!


 

Space Girl is about Arugula Suarez, an alien who is navigating High School, the differences between her native culture and her adoptive one, and her sexuality. I play her father, Nancy, who is hilarious, and his love of salad borders on obsessive. He's an alien who comes from a brave and warlike people, but he has a curiosity and wonder about humanity that is incredibly endearing. He's a father who is trying to help and support his teenage daughter who is struggling to find herself, which is hard enough as a teenager let alone an alien. Together they are trying to learn what it means to be human in a world that doesn’t always treat people who are different kindly. And Arugula and Nancy are definitely different.


 

Please come see this show. I promise you will laugh, but it also has some incredibly sweet and poignant moments. It is beautiful, and the Sisters Koop, Katy and Sarah, are doing a great job putting the show together. The cast blends high school students with more seasoned actors, and has been a learning experience for all of us. And the show is going back to its roots, with the opening weekend’s show kicking off and capstoning Occupy the Stage! And if you buy a ticket to Space Girl’s opening night on June 30th, you can see Occupy the Stage for free!

Shows are: June 30th, July 1st, and July 6-7th at 8pm
July 2nd and 9th at 3pm

Get your tickets now! http://spacegirl.brownpapertickets.com/

 

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