Meet the cast: Jennifer Le Blanc of 'The Book of Will'

Jennifer Le Blanc and Rodney Lizcano in the DCPA Theatre Company's world premiere production of 'The Book of Will.' Photo by Adams Viscom. Jennifer Le Blanc and Rodney Lizcano in the DCPA Theatre Company’s world premiere production of ‘The Book of Will.’ Photo by Adams Viscom.


Alice and Susanna in The Book of Will

At the Theatre Company: Pride and Prejudice and Our House. Regional Theatre: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth and The Three Musketeers at Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Silent Sky, 33 Variations, and Sense and Sensibility at TheatreWorks; Disgraced at Capital Stage; Fifth of July at Aurora Theatre Company; Othello at Arabian Shakespeare Festival; Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew at Livermore Shakespeare Festival; By and By at Shotgun Players; Eurydice at Artists Repertory Theatre; and Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Imaginary Invalid at Pacific Repertory Theatre. Training: MFA from National Theatre Conservatory

  • Hometown: Oakland
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  • Training: BA in English Lit from UC-Berkeley; Masters in Fine Arts from the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Rosalind in As You Like It and Desdemona in Othello at the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival. After being cast in those roles, my husband, Gregg, very sweetly encouraged me to quit my job at a software company and pursue my love of acting.
  • Why are you an actor? I love sharing stories with other people. It’s exciting to imagine seeing the world through someone else’s eyes and trying to understand how they feel and why they make the decisions they do.
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor: Dramaturgy or teaching English.  I adore research and books. I’m a total word nerd.
  • Ideal scene partner: Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson is incredible. Her combination of honesty, intelligence, humor and ease inspires me.
  • Why does The Book of Will matter? We think of Shakespeare’s canon as this great collection of phenomenal plays, as a fixture of every Literature Department – and this play shows how it came to be. We get to meet the remarkable people who made it possible.  And we get to see how their lives were touched by their friend Will, as well as William the playwright.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of seeing it? I hope the audience experiences a story of great friendships, a fascinating moment in history, some humor, some heartbreak and some adventure.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    ” … to learn more and to do more for the world around me.”
  • The Book of Will: Ticket information
    The Book of WillWithout William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without two of his friends, we would have lost Shakespeare’s plays forever. A comic and heartfelt story of the characters behind the stories we know so well.

    Through Feb. 26
    Ricketson Theatre
    ASL and Audio-Described Matinee 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4
    303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Book of Will:
    Photos, video: Your first look at The Book of Will
    Perspectives: Why is there a bobble-head on that set?
    Guest columnist Lauren Gunderson: How one word can change a play
    Five things we learned at ‘The Book of Will’ opening rehearsal
    ‘The Year of Gunderson’ has begun in Colorado
    Shakespeare in a season with no Shakespeare
    First Folio: The world’s second-most important book heads to Boulder
    Video: Our look back at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit
    Summit Spotlight: Playwright Lauren Gunderson
    Lauren Gunderson wins Lanford Wilson Award from Dramatists Guild of America
    Just who were all the king’s men, anyway?
    2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

    More 2016-17 ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:

    Michael Bouchard, The SantaLand Diaries
    Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
    Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
    Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
    Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
    Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
    Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
    Mark Junek, Frankenstein
    Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
    Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
    Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
    Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
    Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein and Siren Song
    Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
    John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
    Wesley Taylor, An Act of God

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