Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One-woman show offers multiple perspectives | The Invisible Theatre

One-woman show offers multiple perspectives | The Invisible Theatre:

One-woman show offers multiple perspectives
Actress takes minimally decorated stage and doesn't let it go
Posted Apr 17, 2012

The Invisible Theatre’s Susan Claassen may have to relinquish her crown for one-woman shows. With its latest offering, “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead,” Claassen, the theater’s charismatic managing artistic director, is making room for her protégé, Betsy Kruse Craig.

“The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead” closes the Invisible Theatre’s 42nd annual season with a seven character tour-de-force. Betsy Kruse Craig, who is also an associate director at IT, takes the minimally decorated stage and does not let it go. Portions of her costume changes occur on-stage through a screen, so that we can better appreciate the extent of her transformations. The play unfolds as each character layers on information to the narrative from her (or his) perspective.
Tim Fuller/Invisible Theatre
Betsy Kruse Craig as blond vixen Tanya in 'The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.'



Thursday, April 5, 2012

'Vengeful Redhead': 7 characters, 1 actress

'Vengeful Redhead': 7 characters, 1 actress:
Embodying each requires more than a wig change
Kathleen Allen Kallen@azstarnet.com Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 

Betsy Kruse Craig is a stage veteran.
Still, her upcoming performance in Invisible Theatre's "The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead" has got her a wee bit nervous.
You see, she plays all the characters - young, old, male, female, blonde, brunette and redhead.
"The play is intense," admitted Craig.
"It's nothing like I've ever done before. Getting all those words and people straight …"
The play's conceit is this: Rhonda has been married for 17 years when her husband calls her and tells her it's over; he's moved out of the house.
This revelation, and her intent to confront the woman involved with her husband, brings on a catastrophic event.
There are seven characters in the play, and each one has a different take on what happened at that event. Think "Rashomon" on stage and in modern dress.
TIM FULLER / INVISIBLE THEATRE
Betsy Kruse Craig transitions among her seven characters in "The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead" in less than 60 seconds, using a wig, or a stance, or a gesture to differentiate each.

Read more: http://azstarnet.com/lifestyles/fashion-and-style/vengeful-redhead-characters-actress/article_37735b73-e3c0-5499-aed2-235af3a2bc08.html#ixzz1rBX7w1OH