Spotlight on Kate Brown PerniaBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 19th, 2009 • Category: Interviews
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Mike: This is Mike Clark with Show Biz Radio and I am backstage at a rehearsal for Providence Players‘ Rehearsal For Murder. I am talking now with Kate Brown Pernia, who pays the role of Bella Lamb. Thank you for talking with me today, Kate.
Kate: You’re welcome. It’s good to be here.
Mike: So who is Bella Lamb?
Kate: Bella Lamb is a Broadway producer. She’s a wealthy woman and she is a good friend of the playwright, Alex who is the lead character in the play. We have a long standing relationship.
Mike: So has it been hard building the character? Is she at all like you or is she very different from you?
Kate: We have some similarities. I’ve never had her kind of power or her kind of money. She is a strong character and has a lot of self confidence, and I think now that I am over a certain age I have developed a little bit of confidence over the years so I can relate to her.
Mike: Do you like her?
Mike: So what was the last show you’ve done? You were telling me a few days ago that it’s been a while since you’ve been on stage.
Kate: Yes. it’s been about ten years since I did a show. I used to do professional theater many many many years ago. But I gave that up so I could make a living. The last show I did was at a little community theater in Texas. I was living near Houston at the time. It was in Texas City. They called themselves the “Biggest Little Theater in Texas,” the College of the Mainland. We did a couple of great shows there. My favorite one was Eleemosynary. I played a scientist. It was a very wordy play. It was great fun.
Mike: So, do you have a role that you would love to do, that is like a dream role?
Kate: Well, I’ve had many of those over the years and I’ve out grown a lot of them. I once played Masha in Three Sisters. I loved that, was one of my favorite parts I’ve ever played. Can’t say that I’ve had that on my radar lately. I wanted to play Lady MacBeth at one time, but I think I’m too old for that now.
Mike: Do you have a next project yet or are you just getting through this one?
Kate: I’m just getting through this one for the time being. Having missed a couple of weeks of rehearsals while I was traveling, I’ve had to play catch up a bit this week.
Mike: So do you feel good? It seems that it’s coming together pretty quickly the last couple of days.
Kate: Yes, I think so. Last week was a tough week for us. Partly for me getting caught up and also we were getting on stage and dealing with the distractions of the technical issues. I’ve never been in a show where we did the technical work so early and I think that’s great. I think in this show so much is done with lights we have really needed to do that. Now we’ve got about a week and we can relax into just work on the acting and fine tuning. That’s a real luxury for an actor. It’s going to be a fun week.
Mike: Well, thank you very much for talking with me. I appreciate it.
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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.