Monday, March 21, 2016

Meet the Cast of Macbeth - Breona Conrad as Lady Macbeth

My name is Breona Conrad.  While I'm not in rehearsal, I used to sit down with a good book or knitting project.  Not anymore!  I'm a mommy now, and love every minute of it!  My husband, Joshua, and love to play outside; it's partly why we moved to Arizona in 2013.  Now, instead of books and knits, it's hiking, swimming, playgrounds, zoo trips; any adventure we can think of!  This lifestyle has caused a change in me recently:  I have recently become addicted to obstacle racing.  I completed my first Spartan Sprint two days before rehearsal for the Scottish Play began.  It. Was. AWESOME.  Oh!  And did I mention, I am also an ordained minister?  I recently had the honor of marrying my best friend and former Resident Stage Manager at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Kristen Ruthemeyer!  Again.  AWESOME.

I was last on the Class 6 Theatre stage as Katherine in Lauren Gunderson's 
The Taming.  I loved every minute of that production.  The script, the cast, George Washington, dance breaks for America, sunglasses for babies, bacon...all of it. Though that production closed months ago, I still find myself regularly using lines from the text in my day to day conversations...Goddammit, Hamilton. Now I just need to find a theatre to produce  Exit, Pursued By a Bear, and I will have completed the Gunderson Shakespeare Cycle, as I played the comedic version of Lady M (Beth) in Toil and Trouble in 2013...and our production photo just so happened to make the back cover spread of Gunderson's works on of American Theatre magazine!  

Oh, the superstition.  As far as I know, every actor knows the horror that can ensue with any cast who dare says the name of the Scottish Play within the walls of a theatre.  I, personally, have no experience with the superstition other than hearing stories, perhaps true, perhaps not, from actors who braved a past production.  My favorite connection to the superstition comes from the old BBC show Blackadder.  (do yourself a favor and watch the clip on YouTube.)  Upon hearing the name of the title, two HIGHLY superstitious actors have a wonderfully silly ritual where they immediately chant "Aaaaaahhhh.  Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends," to exorcise the evil spirits.  Priceless.

And now... #CatBeth!

BREONA CONRAD- Lady Macbeth (Bloody Sergeant, 3rd apparition, Lady Macduff)
Breona is honored to return to the Class 6 stage fresh off the heels of "The Taming" last fall!  Before moving to Phoenix in 2013, Breona and her husband met and worked as resident actors at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati.  Favorite credits during that four year tenure include a two year national tour of "Calculus: the Musical!" alongside her only tour member, her husband, Joshua, "Sideways...Wayside School," and "Toil and Trouble" (Lauren Gunderson's comedic adaptation of Macbeth).  Cheers!



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