Christy Brandt with the cast of Creede Repertory Theatre's 'Arsenic and Old Lace.' Photo by John Gary Brown.
MEET CHRISTY BRANDT
Hometown: Evanston Ill.
Home now: Creede and Lawrence, Kan.
College: BA from the University of Kansas in 1973
What have you done for us lately? I played in Carol in The Last Romance, which played at both Creede Rep and the Arvada Center in 2014
Twitter-sized bio: I love Creede. My husband, my friends, my house, my garden and my career in Creede have given me more joy than anyone deserves. I grew up in the Chicago area and I love small-town life, and I am proud to have worked at this high-quality repertory theatre for my whole life.
The role that changed your life: Playing Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress. I realized there was something I could do well that brought me satisfaction and audiences some pleasure. I knew immediately that I wanted to be and actor.
Ideal scene partner: I would love to have worked with Glenda Jackson before she went into politics. I saw her do the Elizabeth R series, and they did some backstage segments that really impressed me. She was so incredibly good, and as soon as a scene was over she completely let down and was very earthy and even crass. Very funny.
In short, what is Arsenic and Old Lace all about? It's about two sisters who believe they are doing good works by poisoning lonely, unhappy old men. They seemingly have no idea that what they are doing could be construed as bad or even illegal. The story is also about the nephews of these old ladies, one of whom is a nice, hard-working protective young man. And the is a psychopathic murderer.
Tell us about the challenge of playing this role: I see Abby as a very sweet, good-hearted and generous soul with a slightly skewed sense of right and wrong. My challenge was to make her genuinely likeable and entirely batty - in a murderous sort of way.
What do you hope audiences get out of seeing your show? I hope they have lots of fun and lots of laughs throughout this zany play.
What don't we know about you? I was a professional picture-framer for about 25 years, but I injured my hands and can’t do it anymore.
What do you want to get off your chest? I take care of my 94 year old father in the winter, which is a full-time job. It is frustrating to be unable to take acting jobs in the winter, but very rewarding to be taking care of my dad.
Abby Brewster in Creede Repertory Theatre's 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' her 135th show in 43 seasons in Creede, located 250 miles southwest of Denver in the San Juan Mountains. She also appears in the ensemble of 'She Loves Me,' playing through Aug. 10. Brandt won a 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for her work in 'The Road to Mecca.'
Christy Brandt with John S. Green in 'The Last Romance,' which opened at the Creede Repertory Theatre before moving to the Arvada Center in 2014. Photo by John Gary Brown.
Arsenic and Old Lace: Ticket information
• Written by by Joseph Kesselring
• Directed by Justin Lucero
• Through Aug. 9
• 124 Main St., Creede MAP IT
• Tickets $11-$35
• For tickets, call 719-658-2540 or go to creederep.org
• Note: The 2017 summer repertory seasons also includes:
Through Aug. 10: She Loves Me
Through Aug. 11: Pants on Fire
Through Aug. 26: The Syringa Tree
Through Sept. 9: Boomtown
Through Sept. 15: Talley’s Folley
Aug. 18-Sept. 14: General Store
Remaining performance schedule:
• Thursday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 5, 1:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Abby Brewster: Christy Brandt
Martha Brewster: Anne F. Butler
Rev. Dr. Harper and Witherspoon: Stuart Rider
Teddy Brewster: Logan Ernstthal
Officer Brophy: Claudio Venancio
Officer Klein: Josh Zwick
Elaine Harper: Emily Van Fleet
Mortimer Brewster: Donovan Woods
Mr. Gibbs and Lieutenant Rooney: Brian Kusic
Jonathan Brewster: John DiAntonio
Dr. Einstein: Rick D. Wasserman
Officer O’Hara: Spencer D. Christensen
Elaine (understudy): Bettina Lobo
Cops (understudy): CJ Salvani
Jonathan/Teddy (understudy): Pat Moran
Mortimer (understudy): Josh Zwick
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Scenic Design: Heidi Hoffer
Costume Design: Kate Mott
Lighting Design: Jacob Welch
Sound Design: Jake K. Harbour
Assistant Director: Zoe Ruth
Stage Manager: Devon Muko
Assistant Stage Manager: Lucas Bareis-Golumb
Make-up Design: Rick D. Wasserman
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