Performing a one-person present is daunting. Actress Suzi Regan known as it “lonely.” None the much less, she’s readying herself for the Williamston Theatre’s manufacturing of “Wild Horses,” by Allison Gregory.
The play, which is directed by Lansing’s indomitable Mary Job, tells the story of a bunch of 13-year-old ladies on the cusp of changing into adults.
“As one character says, ‘I wish to unsee what I noticed, however I am unable to,’” Regan stated. In that second, life-changing realities hit residence and hit laborious.
However Regan stated to anticipate the present to deliver pleasure as properly.
“It is a candy story about three buddies over their thirteenth summer time, simply having adventures, dwelling passionately their experiences,” she defined.
By way of the characters’ tales, the viewers will expertise the group’s forays into first kisses and sneaking booze from the household bar.
“Allison Gregory actually did an excellent service to the sweetness and generally disappointment of this coming-of-age factor,” Regan stated.
As Regan has ready for the present, she’s realized that “coming of age” is basically the second in individuals’s lives the place “an expertise adjustments the whole lot, and due to that, perspective has modified.”
“A recurring theme in that is all of the worry that comes together with freedom,” she stated. “With freedom comes accountability, however how do you, with solely a small toolbox, make these selections that… you simply do not know, particularly as a 13-year-old?”
She famous that a lot of that confusion from early freedom and selection stays within the lack of expertise to tell selections—and that, too, causes worry.
“One other factor that Allison has carried out is basically permits us to determine with and join with the truth that 13-year-olds know what’s actual,” she stated. “They know if their dad and mom are having an affair. They know if one thing is just not fairly proper. They might not be capable to articulate it, however they know when one thing is actual.”
Regan has carried out a one-person present earlier than, nevertheless it featured seven characters in seven completely different scenes.
“That is a lot completely different,” she stated. “’Wild Horses’ can be a stream of consciousness the place different characters come and go.”
Regan, 58, grew up in Berkley and attended Michigan State College. She’s carried out on skilled levels all through Michigan, together with the Efficiency Community Theater in Ann Arbor and Boars Head Theater in Lansing, each now defunct. She’s additionally hung out on the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea.
It was at Purple Rose that she linked with John Lepard, Tony Caselli, Christine Purchis and Emily Sutton-Smith. The quartet had the audacious thought of creating an expert theater in Williamston. That was in 2005, and Regan has wandered out and in of the Williamston Theater because it has modified through the years.
She took a hiatus from performing to work for 4 years serving to different actors line up voice work. It is a rising artwork type, with inexperienced persons racking up anyplace from $14,000 to $36,000 a 12 months, based on Zip Recruiter. Prime voice artists can usher in as a lot as $200,000 a 12 months.
“What’s cool about it’s that you are able to do it from residence,” she stated. She’s nonetheless doing a little recruitment and illustration for voice actors, however the itch for the stage is again.
In a accident, Regan was not initially slated to carry out in “Wild Horses.” She was booked for a manufacturing in the summertime of 2022, however life bought in the best way, and she or he ended up with this one-woman present.
“Wild Horses” begins with preview performances on Jan. 26, 27, 28 and 29, with a proper opening of the present on Feb. 3. Preview performances are designed to permit actors, administrators and different inventive and technical expertise to ensure the present is working with a reside viewers.
January is in any other case brief on native theater, however February shall be a whirlwind of performances, so look ahead to subsequent month’s Behind the Curtain for a whole rundown of the month.