“El desprecio, querida, es un sentimiento terrible…excepto cuando es recíproco.”
These past two months have been a constant learning process for me. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside an incredibly talented group of artists in Señorita y Madame: The Secret War of Helen Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, the US premiere of Gustavo Ott’s play about two moguls of the early cosmetics industry. The piece explores the pernicious rivalry between these two trailblazers, painting their stories in the context of early feminism, two World Wars, and the Great Depression. I form part of the ensemble, playing various characters to support the rich, fast-paced progression of this fascinating story that at times presents itself as an outright brawl.
There have been plenty of reviews, all positive, and as we commence our final weekend, I find it appropriate to reflect on the process. Working a full time job and performing in a show is no easy task–actors are some of the hardest working people I know–but I’ve really challenged my personal capacities for work these past eight weeks. It has been a lovely opportunity to act in my native language as well, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.