From Rejected Christmas Tree to Star – An Interview with “Trestle” Cast Member Michelle Brooks

by moxielicious

Cast member Michelle Brooks takes a moment from rehearsal for The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek to answer a few questions. This is Michelle’s first MOXIE show.  In fact, the whole cast of Trestle is new to MOXIE so this is the first part in an ongoing series dedicated to learning more about these new members of our MOXIE family!

 

We’re pretty sure that’s Michelle there in the pink.

1. When did you start acting Michelle?

When I was in first grade, I was in a school production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. I was one of the trees that Charlie Brown doesn’t pick.

2. What was the last production you were involved in?

“Boston Marriage” at Compass Theatre.

3. This is your first time working with Delicia and MOXIE. What’s it been like so far?

It has been rewarding and challenging. Everyone is easy to work with and generous of spirit. Delicia is wonderful. She’s gutsy, smart, and has a strong vision. I trust her completely.

4. You’re playing Gin in “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek”. Can you tell me about the character?

 Gin is a woman who is determined to make things better for her family and save her marriage. She fights fiercely to make this happen during the Great Depression.

 5. The play has deep historical context. Have you done any  research in order to prepare? If so, what?

 Yes, I have watched couple films that place during the Great
Depression such as “Cinderella Man” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t
They?”. In addition, I have become fast friends with the internet
investigating workers rights during the 1930s, unions, the WPA,
textile factories, and women in the 1930s.

  6. What do you think audiences will appreciate most in this
production?

  In an earlier blog post about the play, I love the image that Delicia
 evoked about Eve “daring to taste that apple”. I think that is what
audiences will appreciate most in this production- the boldness of the characters and the ideas. 

Thanks Michelle! We’re looking forward to sharing your work with our audiences during The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek which runs Sep 29 – Oct 28, 2012. To purchase tickets Click Here or call 858-598-7620.

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