Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Spotlight On...Jenn Harris
Hometown: Plano, IL.
Education: BFA from Boston University, LAMDA, London, Second City, Chicago
Select Credits: Modern Orthodox, Silence! The Musical, and the revival of All In The Timing.
Why theater?: It's scary, and I like scary.
Who do you play in Pressing Matters?: Betty, Judy, Chole, Ticket Agent.
Tell us about Pressing Matters: A wonderful, clever collection of short plays about relating, loss, gain, and delight.
What is it like being a part of Pressing Matters?: Lovely is the first word that comes to mind. It's a blessing and refreshing to get to play 4 different characters in women centric stories. I needed this now...we all do.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: The new kind. Or if it's a revival, I want to see a fresh take. I appreciate and lean towards different. Bold, kind people who don't apologize. And every single one of my friends who are still trying to make a living as an artist - THAT'S guts, THAT'S inspiring to the core.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: I like creating them, so... yet to be written, but listen, if Leslie Kritzer isn't available, I could tackle Annie in Annie Get Your Gun for the next revival...I have a take on her.
What’s your favorite showtune?: Besides "Would you Fu*k Me" from Silence!, “Lily's Eyes” from The Secret Garden - I sing it with myself with barbies. Haven't found the right audition for it, but I have it. Also If I want to cry I put on "The Mirror-Blue Night" from Spring Awakening
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Sting. But also Carol Burnett and Brian d'Arcy James.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Pee Wee Herman in "Me In My Apartment"
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: I would have lived to see the opening night of Merrily We Roll Along, right?!?!
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Ice Man Comeith at BAM I LOVED and thought I was gonna hate. I haven't seen so much that I want to see that I bet i'de love, so go see Dolls House Part 2 and tell me about it cuz THAT CAST!!!!
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Oh NO guilt in pleasure.
What’s up next?: I created a Web Series called NEW YORK IS DEAD that I co wrote and star in with Matt Wilkas that is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this month.