BIG News! Many Pictures!

It’s out! The trailer for Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS is now previewing in theatres nation-wide. Take a peek, but be ready – I’ve got the first lines! This looks like it’s gonna be a heck of a ride. And as the kid of a Coast Guard vet I’m particularly thrilled to see this branch of the military represented in Hollywood with the incredible true story of Bernie Webber.

(or follow this link for the video)

This summer’s been a scorcher, and I’ve been busy! I played Nina in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at The Barnstormers Theatre. If you don’t know the play, it’s a hilarious Christopher Durang comedy; perfect for an actress with a killer Maggie Smith impression, or the ability to physically and emotionally represent a molecule. (Nina gets the latter opportunity.) More photos will be added soon, in the mean time here’s a teaser and a great review:

Angela Hope Smith as Nina in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

L-R: Dee Nelson as SONIA, Angela Hope Smith as NINA, and Dale Place as VANYA. Photo by DFD Photography

It’s been a good year for new and original work, too. I’ve been performing in staged readings of a new play in development: myth|play by Andrew Codispoti.

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myth|play is a beautifully wrought two-person drama that I can best describe as an existential dream play. It is a modern mythological exploration of love, life and death through haunting story telling, shape-shifting and gorgeous prose. And dragons. (Of course.) I’m very excited to see how this piece progresses.

And next up – more original work by a New England playwright!

Artwork by Janina Lamb.

Artwork by Janina Lamb.

CONTRA DANCE is a new play by Caroline Nesbitt.

A bit about the play in her own words:

In a contra dance, every person changes partners and perspectives as they go through the patterns and music of the dance, like a kaleidoscope that changes every time you turn it. But in the end, you always end up ‘home with your own’. …  I believe women need a larger voice in theatre, both as writers and as actors. I believe talented older actors need more of a voice in theatre, and more good roles to chew on. So Contra Dance has 6 ornery characters over the age of 55, 4 of them smart, tough, funny women.

I’m so excited to be part of this important work. I’ll be playing Hannah, who isn’t over 55 but is still pretty tough and not above being ornery. Our Indiegogo campaign has closed, but if you’d like to support the creation of more theatre by women and for women (actually, for humans in general), check out the facebook page for more info and to contact the playwright.