Beth Tantanella: Wow, really?
BT: You just made my day! Yes!
BT: This is a play dedicated to those who wake up every morning with Dreading Work Disease. It’s for those who planned to do something big and meaningful with their lives but feel like their plan never came through. RX is about a woman who desperately hated her job and turned to a new developing drug to cure her disease, and in the process life finally happens for her, with all the pain, love, frustration, joy, pleasure and heartache life can bring.
BT: I feel like Meena is the quintessential Everyman. She went to school for an M.F.A. in poetry, excited for all that would bring. And when it didn’t bring much, she took a job as Managing Editor of American Cattle and Swine magazine — which is a good job – but she is left unfulfilled. This is for anyone who has been on the great search for contentment.
BT: I think everyone can relate to Meena’s story in some way. She just wants to feel happy with what she is doing. I also love that Meena is not aware of the passion she has and the passion of which she is capable. I sometimes feel this way about all people – that we are so unaware of the depths we can love – and when we get there it can be overwhelming.
BT: When I was younger, I used to be a little bizarre in my routines for opening night, developing traditions that went from morning until right before the show. But now I just read the play before the show and focus on breathing. Don’t forget to breathe.
BT: Go see theatre! We have such an amazing scene. I try to see as much as I can, and I still can’t even come close to seeing it all. There are always opportunities to volunteer and work for companies and meet the artists. We have (I believe) a really supportive artist community. If you just reach out and say “I’m interested,” I truly believe that our theatre community will open its arms to you.
BT: I believe it was 5:30 or 6 in the morning – the holiday party. We work hard; we play hard.
BT: Honestly, I’m the worst singer in the world (you know if you’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to hear me in karaoke), so any musical would make me so happy to be in.
BT: This is absolutely silly, and I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but I’d love to play Jane Fonda’s role in Cat Ballou. I must have watched that movie a million times growing up. It’s an old Western about a school teacher turned train robber. I’m always attracted to those silly melodrama style shows – they are just fun, light-hearted entertainment.
BT: Usually I work the dinner shift and then run upstairs to do the show. It seems stressful, but actually it’s been a blessing because I don’t have time to focus on being nervous. And I can get insanely, uncomfortably nervous. Usually I question my decisions to be an actor right before I go on, like why I would torture myself this way; it is not worth the stress! But then you get out there and remember the magic.
BT: Yoga, yoga, yoga! I teach, I take, and I study – all of the above. I’ve also recently discovered barre classes and aerial silks classes, and I’ve just recently started teaching aerial yoga. And yes, you can do it! Anyone can, and it’s so much fun – a whole new work out/meditation experience!
BT: When you make plans, the universe laughs. I am open to leaving if the opportunity comes up and the timing is right. But right now I’m sort of crazy in love with Louisville.
BT: Oh my goodness, when Schutte (as we lovingly call him) gets experimental with food, life is good. He makes fabulous desserts and recently did a s’mores pizza. To. Die. For.
BT: I’m thinking a 1950s’ style Stepford Wife. But I always change my mind last minute.
BT: Practicing theatre is a never-ending journey. I am a forever student learning something new every time I watch a show or act in one.
BT: Get certified in Thai massage. And when I do, I will offer massages for actors and directors before shows. So keep me in mind!
BT: The Bard Burger. It’s so good, y’all. The Rigate Diablo, too, but try it with sausage instead of chicken. And of course, there is nothing more sinful than our Mac and Cheese. Nothing. Have you tried the Gooey Butter Cake? Oh, goodness, I could go on and on. Food is love, and we will love you so much at The Bard’s Town.
BT: All of the people I have worked for, at the restaurant, yoga studios, theatres, etc., have been such an inspiration to me. The dedication to their careers, their passions, and showing me that it is possible to do what you love and love what you do. I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people. I want to pass that on. Louisville has heart – there’s no doubt about that.
Tickets $12-15, and available at http://www.thebardstown.com/