Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spotlight On...Jenn Harris

Name:  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.