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Five Questions with Rose Biggerstaff

The theater in the capital region offers countless opportunities for performances and collaboration. This weekend I jumped at the chance to appear in “An Evening of Performances,” directed and produced by Rose Biggerstaff, whom I have long admired, to support Thearse McCalmon’s run for state senate in the 46th district. I emailed 5 quick questions to get to know Rose better.

So, of all the hats you wear – performer, director, stage crew, how and why did you get into producing and what does it mean to you?

When I was in college, a professor told me I might be good at producing. I produced for the drama club at school, which involved getting the rights, planning and budgeting etc. From there, the role included overseeing and making sure the show hit the ground running, as well as handling marketing. After college, I also directed every show I produced, so it was a little different and I got to be more involved in the production – like this one.

Which play or musical changed your life and how?

Producing and directing my first musical, Bare: A Pop Opera, in college (SUNY Oneonta) changed my entire perspective on theater. Creating an event from scratch in two weeks was exciting. The long hours – the long nights – working with such an amazing team – all of that. I fell in love and have been doing it ever since. Before that I had really only been playing and this experience inspired me to branch out and I’m so glad I did.

What excites you most about the theater in the capital region?

The most exciting thing about theater in the capital region is love. The people here really love what they do and it shows.

Post-pandemic, what is your favorite experience of the theater’s indomitability to survive?

The Covid theater was a monster! The safe flow of productions has always been a priority for me. Lots of Clorox and hand sanitizer!

For me, the mere fact that theater found a way to survive the pandemic was amazing to look at. Businesses have adapted and found new ways to create and disseminate their art. I loved it every time I saw a new creative way to film or edit a piece. I think my favorite creation was the drive-in drag show. It was so innovative and fun that an audience came to ride live shows in style! It was inspiring to watch. Hopefully the further development of the Covid theater experience will inspire other producers, directors and actors to think outside the box!

What can viewers expect on Friday night?

Food, music and a good time for all await Friday night! We have singers, spoken word, live music and much more! And all in support of a local woman trying to live her dreams. what would be better Can’t wait to see you there!

An evening of performances
Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m
Taj Mahal Restaurant,
820 Eastern Avenue Schenectady 12305
Tickets: secure.actblue.com/donate/thearse527

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