Meet the V-Day Portsmouth 2015 Cast: Liz Locke

V-Day Portsmouth 2011 Any One of Us: Words From Prison  Photo by Mat Kingsbury/2046

V-Day Portsmouth 2011 Any One of Us: Words From Prison
Photo by Mat Kingsbury/2046

Liz Locke

Q – How long have you been involved in theater?

I have been acting since I could walk, much to the embarrassment of my folks because I used to climb onto the tops of tables and sing “You Light up my Life” by Ann Murray.

Q – What are some of your favorite productions?

No Exit, and any DARWiNS WAiTiNG ROOM show I am in, The Odd Couple, Background Check, Macbeth, Any One of Us: Words from Prison, and Elephant Hunt, all of which were at the Players’ Ring. And I will also be in the following upcoming productions at the Ring: Rush, Death and the Maiden and Hemingway’s Wife.

Q – Have you performed in the Vagina Monologues before?

Yes, I have.

Q – What made you want to be involved in V-Day this year?

This is the last time Back Alley will be involved, and if Joi and Danica are going out, then I’m going with them. This topic is very near and dear to my heart, and I can not imagine my life without it.

Q – Who is the most influential woman in your life?

Without a doubt, my Mom. She is the strongest, most intelligent, beautiful,independent, strong,and courageous woman I have ever known. And as a survivor herself, she has shown me what it means to not be defined by your experiences, but how to to let them shape you into being an actual strong, smart and independent woman.

Q – What or who inspires you?

My mother inspires me every day. My angel in heaven, aunt Terri. My dad, Lindsey Boyd-Robertson. My best friend, Constance Witman, my other angel in Heaven Tammy Belanger, and Joi Smith and Danica Carlson for letting me be a part of this incredible movement, which allows me to heal. I love these two ladies, and I don’t know what I’ll do now that Back Alley Productions will no longer be producing this show every year. G. Matthew Gaskell also inspires me on a daily basis. And whether he sees this or believes it, my brother, Josh.

Get your Tickets For V-Day Portsmouth 2015 The Vagina Monologues at The Music Hall now!

V-Day Portsmouth 2012 Photo by Mat Kingsbury/2046

V-Day Portsmouth 2012
Photo by Mat Kingsbury/2046

Director’s Note for Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh

Photo by Jasmin Hunter

Photo by Jasmin Hunter

For a production company made up of two people who are obsessed with historical fiction, it is almost criminal how many years have passed between our last historical production to this one. In 2010, Danica Carlson and I set out to create the most sumptuous and realistic version of the mid- 17th Century that we were able to with our limited resources for our production of The Libertine. We wanted to create the perfect ambiance for our audiences to feel that they have been transported back in time to the intimate private chambers of the Second Earl of Rochester and the theater he so adored. It was so exciting to us, this re-creation of another time and place, a place that existed real human beings living their lives day to day without modern conventions and distractions and what that might look and feel like.

When I picked up Joel Gross’s beautifully crafted script of Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, I was immediately transported into Marie’s lovely and tragic world and I experienced a visceral reaction, a need to tell this story of deceit, friendship and ultimately love. What struck me most about these incredible characters, was their vulnerability and passion for one another, living authentically for each fleeting moment. The script itself is written as a sort of dance, with each character drifting into one another’s lives, which just made it all the more enticing for me as a director and storyteller.

I have been truly blessed with three of the finest performers on the Seacoast to share this beautiful story with all of you. This show would be nothing without their incredible passion and devotion to these characters that they have fully embraced and made their own. This has been an intense process and a whirlwind of emotions for these performers, and I am eternally grateful that they have put their faith and trust into this journey with me. This production has truly been a collaboration, with our entire cast and crew wearing many hats and bringing a multitude of talents to the table – from costume, wig and prop making to set design, building, painting and graphic & sound design, everyone involved in this production has pitched in and multitasked to make Versailles a magnificent reality for you to enjoy…

Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh
May 9th through May 25th

Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm
Sunday 5/11 & 5/18 at 8 pm
Sunday 5/25 at 2 pm

Players’ Ring Theatre
105 Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH
Call for reservations 603-436-8123 or purchase tickets online

Meet the Cast: Danica Carlson as Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Danica Carlson

Co-Founder of Back Alley Productions and internationally sold recording artist Danica Carlson has appeared in over 250 film, radio, stage and voice-over performances since the age of five. She has been nominated for five Spotlight on the Arts Awards, as well as two New Hampshire Theater Awards. Danica has also had the recent opportunity of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with comedy troop DARWiN’S WAiTiNG ROOM.

“As a producer, you try to find scripts that move you, inspire you, and push you to try something new. When Joi handed me this script, I instantly fell in love. As an artist myself, identifying with Elisa was far from difficult, but the challenge of her emotional journey was daunting. I honestly couldn’t have found her if it had not been for this incredible cast, director, and crew. Everything has come together better than I could have ever imagined, and I couldn’t be more proud of the journey we have all taken together. I look forward to the audience falling in love with this show and its characters as much as I have. I am endlessly grateful for this opportunity.”

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun