Crystal, our stellar Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, is a veteran of many local productions, both onstage and behind the scenes. This is her first time acting with us. You can also catch more tantalizing glimpses of her around town with local burlesque troupe Peaks and Pasties.
How long have you been doing theatre? On and off for 15 years.
What was your first role? I was Winifred in a production of Impromptu my Sophomore year. Best line ever was “But I WANT to be sticky!”
What was your most difficult role? This one. Stella’s an icon. That’s scary.
What was your most rewarding role? During Hell Bent on the Tent I had the opportunity to do a lot of ridiculous character play and comedy. That was a new experience for me.
Worst onstage mishap? Ha, I “popped” a pastie during a burlesque performance. Does that count?
Most terrifying moment? I wouldn’t say terrifying but horrifying would be when this poor kid threw up five minutes before intermission for Troilus and Cressida. On stage. I was directing and was backstage at the time. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t help. They finished the scene because they’re pros. I was throwing up over the fire escape.
Funniest performance anecdote? Jordan Mathews and I were on stage during The Spanish Tragedy. He’s playing a suitor and right as we went into tableau he grabbed my boob and we had to stand like that for the rest of the scene. Thanks for the memories, Jordan!
Theatrical high point? Directing Reservoir Dogs. We won Bronze for Best Play last year and a “True West” award..
You as a performer in three words? Try Something New.
What do you want the audience to know about the current show? That Sundays are pay what you can.
Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:
I wanted to be a river raft guide after high school, completed the training and everything.
I have the girliest reaction to bugs.
I’m Ms. Brewer’s Republic.
What’s your Actor’s Nightmare? Finishing a scene after someone has vomited. Or is bleeding. Ick Ick Ick.