Debra Rodkin will portray Verna, the wild talker in a group of four older women who are at the center of the action in Old Ringers, to be performed this Nov. 2-17 by the 2nd Act Players.
The show marks Rodkin’s second performance with the 2nd Act Players. She played Helen in Intentions, which was part of the 2nd Act Players’ Women’s Empowerment Play Festival earlier this year.
Here Rodkin talks about Verna and what makes her tick.
1. What is your character’s most memorable characteristic?
Her flamboyance,irreverence and directness
2. What are you drawing on in your own life to play this character?
I have a touch of these myself and I appreciate an in-your-face approach, I am very direct and outspoken with my thoughts and feelings, sometimes to my detriment.
3. Will audiences leave the show loving or hating your character and why?
That depends on if they find her too gross and overtly sexual. She is also warm funny and caring and looking for love and acceptance, which may speak to the audience not put off by her brashness and overbearing sexuality.
Old Ringers will be performed Nov. 2-17, Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Logan Hall Theater at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Avenue, Evanston. For tickets, click here.