Spotlight on Elizabeth Replogle, performing Esther in GillianBy Laura & Mike Clark • Nov 2nd, 2007 • Category: Backstage, Interviews, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
Listen to Mike interview Elizabeth Replogle, about her role of Esther in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday [MP3 7:17 3.3MB].
Mike: Hi, this is Mike with ShowBizRadio and I am talking with Elizabeth Repogle about her role as Esther in Port City Playhouse’s production of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. Thanks for talking with me, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: Oh, you’re welcome.
Mike: Tell me who Esther is in relation to the title role of Gillian.
Elizabeth: Esther is Gillian’s older sister. They were two years a part. Gillian would have been 37 at the time of the play. Esther is 39.
Mike: Is this a part that you tried for or were just trying to get anything in the show?
Elizabeth: I just went to the audition. I saw the audition notice and saw that there were several female roles from 28 to 39. I’m 35 so I thought I fell right in the middle of all of those and it would be a good possibility to try for all of them.
Mike: Is Esther anything like you?
Elizabeth: That’s an interesting question because I think there are ways that we are very different and I think there are ways that we are very similar. Family is obviously very important to Esther and my family is very important to me. I grew up in a very close knit family and we are still very close knit today. I think that is part of the ways in which we are the same. I think we both have a tendency to want to make sure that everybody around us is happy and OK and content and that things are under control. Those parts of her I definitely identify with.
Mike: Esther is a therapist. Is that anything like your day to day job?
Elizabeth: Not at all. I am a lawyer. I guess it’s only the same in the idea that we both would have had to go to school for a long time. But otherwise, not really.
Mike: So you’re a lawyer. Are you a practicing lawyer, such as going in front of a judge with cases?
Elizabeth: No. I work for a private firm downtown doing corporate work. I don’t see the inside of a courtroom ever, which is fine with me.
Mike: It’s interesting. I don’t know if I’ve ever met any actors in the area who were lawyers. Usually actors or people in theater are very creative left brain people. Lawyers tend to be right brained by the book, rigid.
Elizabeth: That’s funny that you say that because I think of myself much more as a creative person. There is a lot of room for creativity in being a lawyer, but that’s one thing I actually really like about being involved in community theater is because the people that I meet on a day to day basis pretty much are lawyers or in the legal profession and it’s so much fun for me to get out and really bond with people who have such varying (fields). For example our director is a teacher and teaches drama and geometry. I think that’s fantastic. It’s really nice for me to be able to meet people who do other things that have nothing to do with what I do.
Mike: So how did you get started with acting?
Elizabeth: I actually did quite a bit of theater when I was in high school. Both in school, like school plays and then also in outside school acting groups for young people where I grew up in Kansas City. I didn’t do it again really until just a few years ago. I was in LA for a little bit after college. There really is no community theater in LA because everybody wants to be an actor so there is far too much competition for those who just want to do it for fun. It wasn’t until I moved to DC in 2002 that I noticed what a really vibrant community theater area this was. There were so many different theater groups and things going on, it drew me back in.
Mike: Was it hard getting back in? Did you do classes or anything?
Elizabeth: I got a part for the first thing I tried out for which was just crazy. I was getting ready to go home from work one day and I had been getting audition notices from various groups. Some thing was auditioning that night. It was The Hound of The Baskervilles out in Great Falls Players, which I guess is now The McLean Community Players. It was a total whim and I went out and I read for the part and ended up getting it. It was perfect for me because it was very small. It was the maid. She would go on and say a couple things and come right back off. It was not anything big or serious and it was a really nice way for me to kind of get back into it with out having to have too much pressure.
I took a break from it a little while because I did some teaching, but I had been going on some auditions and I was getting called back, but then not getting the part so I did end up taking some classes at the Little Theatre of Alexandria with Michael Baker, who was fantastic. I took that this Spring and then auditioned for this part and got it. This was the first audition I had been on since the class was over so obviously it did some good.
Mike: What would your part be that you would do if you could have your choice of any part in the world?
Elizabeth: I think everybody probably wants to do Shakespeare. I would love to do Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. I think that’s such fun role and every time I’ve seen it performed either on stage or in the movies or anything it always look like the actress who does it just has a blast. I think that would probably be it if I had any opportunity I would love to give that a shot. Before I’m too old for it.
Mike: We talked with Carl Nubile at rehearsal a couple nights ago.
Elizabeth: Ohhh great.
Mike: So what is it like having an on stage husband?
Elizabeth: That is also a first for me. I do not have a husband off stage so having one one on stage is definitely interesting. He is such a fantastic actor and fantastic person that he makes it very easy. The whole cast is great. I don’t think I could have asked for a better six people to work with or a better director. I’m just having so much fun. I can’t believe we’ve only known each other a month. It seems crazy to me. We really bonded, I think, very well and we’re having a really good time.
Mike: So do you think you’ll be ready? It’s less than a month away ’til opening.
Elizabeth: I know. We really are. We’re right about at the half way point. I do think we’re going to be ready. I think it will be a lot easier once we have the set and we can see sort of where we are with that because of the house and the deck. We have to stand up on a deck for part of the stage will be up higher and so that part’s been interesting to try to imagine. But I think we are.
Mike: Well, thank you very much for talking with us.
Elizabeth: Thank you very much.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.