Angela Reed is familiar to Denver audiences from her work with the Denver Center Theatre Company. She returns to town in the national tour of War Horse, playing Denver’s Buell Theatre Jan 8-20. Angela graciously took a moment out of her hectic schedule to answer a few of our questions.
Q: Denver audiences last saw you in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere hit, The Whale, which has since been produced by Playwrights Horizons. Did you have a chance to see it in New York? What was your experience being on the other side of the curtain?
A: Unfortunately I was not able to see the show in NY because I’ve been on tour with War Horse and have not been in NY since we hit the road in May. I know that NY audiences loved it and I’m so proud to have been a part of the production in Denver. I’d love to get the opportunity to work with the playwright, Sam Hunter, again. He’s a joy to be around in and out of the rehearsal room. And all of us who worked on The Whale in Denver have remained good friends. I miss them!
Q: You have a lot of “firsts” on your resume — first national tours of War Horse and Spring Awakening plus the world premieres of The Whale and Map of Heaven and we know you’ve been a past participant in our Colorado New Play Summit. Are you particularly drawn to newer works? If so, why?
A:I’d say I probably do prefer working on new plays because I really enjoy the process of having the writer in the room and helping in some small way to develop the piece. I think it’s a luxury for an actor to be able to talk directly to the person who created the character for clarification or insight. Overall, however, I’m “drawn” to great material. And there are a lot of playwrights writing rich, complex plays today that are exciting to work on.
Q: What can you tell us about your character, Rose Narracott, in War Horse?
A:Rose is resourceful, resilient and determined to keep her family together. She loves her son, Albert, and her husband, Ted, and it devastates her to see them fighting. I think Rose has a huge heart and a good sense of humor, which probably helps her again and again in the face of adversity.
Q: Why should our typical Denver Center Theatre Company audience “cross the Galleria” to see War Horse in our Broadway house?
A:Shows like War Horse come around so rarely — if at all. It’s a theatrical experience like no other to date. The craftsmanship of the puppets, and the skill of the puppeteer, will have you believing that there are living, breathing horses on the stage before you. And the story is beautiful. Michael Morpurgo, the author of the book, has called War Horse “an anthem for peace”. What a great way to start the New Year — reinvesting in messages of hope, faith, sacrifice and love.
Q: Do you enjoy national tours? A lot of packing but a lot of sightseeing too, right?
A:I love seeing the country and getting the opportunity to explore so many cities. And because my husband, Todd Cerveris, is also in the show (playing my husband, Ted!), we get to travel together. With our dog. In a car. And this is the second time we’ve done this, having been on the road together for Spring Awakening as well. We’ve racked up thousands of miles and our dog has stayed in more hotels than the average person.
Q: It’s early in the tour, but probably not too early to be thinking about your next opportunity. Will we see you back in Denver anytime soon?
A:I still have another six months to go on the War Horse tour, so I can’t predict what will come after that. And because I really need to be in NY to audition for upcoming projects, being on the road makes getting the next job more difficult. That said, I would LOVE to come back to Denver. This marks my fourth winter in a row that I have been in Denver at some point to work. I only hope that next time I have the opportunity to be here in the spring, summer, or fall!