Rosedale Community Players (RCP) are just days away from our Coffeehouse preview of Time Stands Still, the compelling drama by Donald Margulies about two journalists, photographer Sarah Goodwin and writer James Dodd, who return from reporting in war-zones and how they deal with their life together while they recover from the traumas (physically, mentally and emotionally) that they experienced abroad.
The show officially opens Friday, April 24th but with the Coffeehouse this Saturday the cast is buckling down and going through their “hell week”. We took a moment to get to know RCP’s newest member, Kori Bielaniec, and want to share a little more about her with the rest of our patrons. She comes to us from doing numerous shows with the Players Guild of Dearborn and Farmington Players and blesses us with her talent as Mandy Bloom, the girlfriend of Richard Ehrlich, who is Sarah’s photo-editor.
Kori Bielaniec – Mandy Bloom
What attracted you to the show Time Stands Still?
I knew nothing about the show before I was asked to audition, which is somewhat unusual. A lot of times in community theatre it seems every group does the same shows over and over. I was excited to have the opportunity to audition for something different, and something modern.
What are you most looking forward to about this show?
As this is my first show with RCP, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the cast and production team (it’s less scary to join a new group when it’s a small show—I highly recommend it!), and that’s truly what I continue to look forward to: meeting the membership and experiencing the patrons of a new group. I love that the show presents some very different viewpoints about war, terror, and these world events that all of us see on a daily basis. I connect so much to one of Mandy’s lines: “But what am I supposed to do about? Me, an ordinary person…” She makes a great point.
What do you want audiences to take away from seeing this show?
Spring boarding off the last question, I hope audiences take time to think about what they can do. It might be donating to a charity, saying a prayer…or becoming a UN Ambassador and going out on humanitarian missions! Who knows…the thing is, we really all CAN do something. It might not be big, but it’s there, if we look for it.
What are some of the favorite productions you’ve worked on and why?
My all-time favorite production was Twelfth Night at Henry Ford College, when I was still in high school. My first big Shakespearean role, as Olivia, was just so exciting, especially for a 16 year old! Another favorite was Gloria in Boeing Boeing, which is just an excellent EXCELLENT show to be a part of—you really can’t go wrong with a freaking hilarious farce. Rabbit Hole (RH) is definitely one of the other stand outs in my acting career, and Time Stands Still reminds me a lot of it. Four core characters, deep drama, and then comedy and light moments interspersed (by my character in both shows, oddly enough). Izzy in RH was the hardest character I’ve ever played, to date, but once I got her, it all just clicked beautifully.
What dream roles or productions are still left on your bucket list?
I’ve done Arsenic and Old Lace three times already, always of course playing the ingénue role…I can’t WAIT until I can play the aunts, and I fully intend to play both, multiple times if possible. I also am dying to play the lead in The Heiress, and would really like to revisit Twelfth Night now that I’m older and hopefully ever so slightly more mature as an actor. Any Shakespeare, really, is on my bucket list. I’m aging out of playing Juliet, but I would love to do that role again too (I cling to the fact that I’m short, so that means I could pull it off well into my 30s…RIGHT?!)
I also am inching ever closer to wanting to direct (I’ve assistant directed several times), and although I don’t sing, two recent productions I’ve seen have made me want to try my hand at directing musicals: Bonnie and Clyde and Spring Awakening. Amazing shows with terrific music you can’t get out of your head…and not much dancing so I don’t have to worry about trying to figure all that out!
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