Rapture, Blister, Burn

​Synopsis of Play

After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband.

With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.  “…intensely smart, immensely funny…RAPTURE more largely illuminates how hard it can be to forge both a satisfying career and a fulfilling personal life in an era that seems to demand superhuman achievement from everyone.” —NY Times.

My Experience

Photo of Rapture, Blister, Burn before opening

I auditioned for Rapture, Blister, Burn at Iowa Stage Theatre Company immediately after I had gotten back from training in Los Angeles. This experience was absolutely incredible. New to acting with ISTC, it was so fun and refreshing to work with a small cast of accomplished and seasoned Iowan actors.

My role, Avery, was part of this small powerhouse of women interested in understanding and challenging the roles of gender, femininity, and relationship. Through the lens of Avery, I created the comedic relief.

As the set picture shows, this production is dramatically messy. Much like relationships, Rapture, Blister, Burn was a roller coaster of challenges involved with love, lust, and yearning for difference. But little by little the play shows the need for acceptance and change as the actors literally pick up the pieces before the audience’s eyes.

Cloris Awards

At the end of August 2018, I was nominated for a Cloris Award for my performance as Avery. Which is a high honor for theatre companies within the greater Des Moines area. The Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Awards, otherwise know as the Cloris Awards in an annual program created to enhance the visibility of local theatre companies and productions.

On this night, the awards celebrate every aspect of theatre from acting, directing, costumes, design, lights, etc. To win an award or not, the purpose is to showcase all the phenomenal creativity that happens within the community.

Although I didn’t win Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role, to be part of a community and celebrate the creative accomplishments of others was an incredible experience.

To learn more information about Cloris Leachman and the annual Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Awards.