Meet the cast: Carly Street of 'The Nest'

Carly Street at a reading for ‘The Nest’ at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit in February. She’s back for the world premiere staging. Photo by Kyle Malone for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Margo in The Nest

At the DCPA Theatre Company: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit (The Nest). Carly has appeared in more than 60 film, television, and theatre productions in U.S. and Canada. Most recently: Old Times with Clive Owen (Broadway), Vanda in Venus in Fur (Canadian Premiere/Dora Award), Amy in Company and a recurring role in TV’s “Bitten”. She is a Founding Artist of Toronto’s Theatre20.

  • Hometown:  Toronto
  • Training:  National Theatre School of Canada  
  • Carly Street Lord of The RingsWhat was the role that changed your life: I wish I could say it was the one I most enjoyed playing, however it’s not even in my top 10 of fascinating roles. I originated the role of Arwen in the world premiere of the musical spectacle The Lord of the Rings directed by Matthew Warchus. It was, at the time, the most expensive play ever produced anywhere in the English-speaking world. It was a huge event, and having a lead role in that opened up so many doors for me professionally, including helping me get a Green Card for the U.S. And that certainly changed the tenor of my life.
  • Why are you an actor? I love the sound of my own voice… making the sound of other people’s voices. 
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I’d be a publisher. I have a fierce love of books and writers, and if I could advocate for stories in that way, I would. I also fancy that I’ve got fairly good taste.    
  • Judi DenchIdeal scene partner: If I could do a scene with Judi Dench, I could say that I’ve been at the very center of the work. She is so deeply connected to the story and to the moment; she is always in service of the work. She doesn’t do bells and whistles acting. I mean, she’d eat me alive on the deck, but I’d walk away with a lifetime of tools.  
  • Why does The Nest matter? Because it comes from the mind and heart of Theresa Rebeck, who hears and sees and gives voice to aspects of our culture that are ignored or swept under the rug.  I think “if Theresa’s writing about it, it’s gotta be heard.” She has a very sophisticated, and very lucid world view.  
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? The character Ned has a line: “Y’know, I just think we’re really not hearing each other on this. The yin-yang of the planet is a little off these days…”  This theme pervades the play; that men and women cannot communicate with each other, or when they do, they are unable to understand each other. I find it heartbreakingly true, and so worthy of discussion.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
  • … “everything I ever wanted.”

The Nest

  • By Theresa Rebeck
  • Jan. 22-Feb. 21
  • Space Theatre
  • When you have a seat at the bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping. That is, until a stranger walks in with a lucrative proposition. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck’s plays “may make you laugh or shudder (or both)” according to American Theatre, and with its feisty humor and scorching dialogue, this explosive new comedy holds a cracked mirror up to friendships, romantic relationships and families.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Nest:

    The Nest flies in face of national gender trends
    Five things we now know about that bar
    Cast list announced
    Theresa Rebeck is not getting angry: She’s getting even
    ​American Theatre magazine: The Colorado New Play Summit Is a Developing Story

    Previous 2015-16 ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:

    Meet Adeoye of Lookingglass Alice and All the Way
    Meet Kevin Berntson of The Nest
    Meet J. Paul Boehmer of As You Like It
    Meet Molly Brennan of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Courtney Capek of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Tad Cooley of Tribes
    Meet Allen Dorsey of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Kevin Douglas of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Napoleon M. Douglas of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Isabel Ellison of Tribes
    Meet Kate Finch of Tribes
    Meet Ella Galaty of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Ben Heil of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carolyn Holding of As You Like It
    Meet Drew Horwitz of As You Like It
    Meet Maurice Jones of As You Like It
    Meet Geoffrey Kent of As You Like It and All the Way
    Meet Emily Kron of As You Like It
    Meet Nick LaMedica of As You Like It
    Meet Andrew Pastides of Tribes
    Meet Shannan Steele of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Samuel Taylor of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Lindsey Noel Whiting of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Jake Williamson  of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Matt Zambrano of As You Like It

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