Catch KATHRYN TKEL in the roll-in-the-aisles funny FICKLE: A FANCY FRENCH FARCE at Olney Theatre Center through March 26, then sit back and Take Ten to discover her Wonderland beginnings and more recent obsessions with such happy characters as Macbeth and Medea – all part of a life devoted to “laughing and learning.”
1) What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
A friend was in a production of Alice in Wonderland at her school. I must have been around 6 or 7 so the memory is very fuzzy, but what I remember most is waiting to say hi to her after the show. Everyone was still in costume and I could see backstage: it looked magical.
2) What was your first involvement in a theatrical production?
In fourth grade I took an acting class after school and at the end of the term we performed a play called Fractured Fairytales. I played Little Red Riding Hood and also her Grandmother. I can’t remember how it worked, that must be the fractured part.
3) What’s your favorite play or musical, and why do you like it so much?
This answer is always changing for me, depending on the world, my life, and what I need. These days I find myself thinking a lot about Macbeth. Ambition, power, prophecies, these things interest me.
4) What’s the worst day job you ever took?
I waited tables in a high-volume chain restaurant for several years. While I appreciate that it helped me survive, it was a madhouse.
5) What is your most embarrassing moment in the theatre?
I fainted on stage. We were fifteen minutes from the end of the final preview and I went down, hard. They had to stop the show, call an ambulance, the works.
The people involved. Everyone is so talented and generous. I like knowing that I’m going to be laughing and learning every day.
7) Other than your significant other, who’s your dream date (living or dead) and why?
Prince. I mean, I don’t think I need to explain why, right?
8) What is your dream role/job?
I’d like to be involved in the creation of something from the ground up. I’d also love to do a one-person-show. Perhaps these two jobs are the same.
9) If you could travel back in time, what famous production or performance would you choose to see?
I’ll go with Ancient Greece, the premiere of Medea.
10) What advice would you give to an 8-year-old smitten by theatre / for a graduating MFA student?
To the 8-year-old, I would say keep playing, stay curious, and be brave. Same to the MFA student.
KATHRYN TKEL is making her Olney Theatre Center debut with Fickle: A Fancy French Farce. Her regional credits include Arizona Theater Company: Romeo and Juliet; San Jose Repertory Theatre: Legacy of Light, Secret Order; San Francisco Playhouse: Den of Thieves, The Story. In the DC area, she has appeared at Round House Theatre: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley; Folger Theatre: Sense and Sensibility; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: An Octoroon; Ford’s Theatre: The Guard; Rep Stage: Venus in Fur, Hunting and Gathering; Mosaic Theater Company of DC: Promised Land; Everyman Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; The Kennedy Center TYA: Mockingbird. Education: MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting.