Actor Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin on rehearsing NOTHING PERSONAL

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin has previously appeared in Plan-B’s THE THIRD CROSSING and SLAM.

“I think it might be challenging for you to play a role where you don’t get to speak,” said Jerry [when he offered me the role of the Matron in NOTHING PERSONAL]. I, of course, thought this to be extremely funny, since I am known for being loquacious. I soon found out he was serious and the most challenging part is NOT that I don’t have anything to say but that I have so much to say. So much I should say and don’t say ANYTHING.

I admit I had to reach deep down to find empathy for a middle-class white woman who is unjustly imprisoned. I mean big freaking whaaaa! Yet this play should not – and is not – filtered through my almost-ever-present lens of race. This play is about power – those who have it get to do whatever they want to those who do not. When that happens, you are bound to feel empathy for the underdog.

Lest I get too preachy (pun intended), what I really love about live theater is the process. I love working in small frosty theaters [the heat has been off in the Studio Theatre since rehearsal began], inside jokes, meltdowns, tantrums, snide remarks, deep-down belly laughter, nicknames, frank discussions, reminiscing, openness and breakthroughs…a playwright’s words on paper interpreted and brought to life by some of the most creative creatures on the planet. It is indeed about the journey.

Eric Samuelsen’s NOTHING PERSONAL receives its world premiere at Plan-B Theatre Company October 24-November 3 with Kirt Bateman, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and April Fossen.  Click here for more information and tickets.

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