Arcadia Actor Spotlight: Dana Gillihan (LADY CROOM)

Dana Gillihan is Lady Croom

Q – Why did you audition for Arcadia

A – I auditioned for the opportunity to work with Tom Stoppard’s fascinating material and with the terrific cast in this production at Parkway Playhouse.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before?

A – In the Asheville area: “The Seagull,” at Mountain Art Theater and “Macbeth,” at Montford Park Players.

Q – What is a typical day like for you?

A – I manage web professionals from around the world at a technology company. I have been fortunate to work with creative talented people during the day and also in the evenings rehearsing “Arcadia.” Being the daughter of a math teacher and a humanities teacher, “Arcadia” holds particular interest for me.

Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

A – Eight of us connected to the show are from Asheville, and we carpool to Burnsville for rehearsals. I’ve ridden with everyone and have enjoyed learning how interesting each of these people are in addition to being wildly talented.  At rehearsal, aside from discovering that I could close the AC vent in the chilly rehearsal room, some of my favorite rehearsal moments have been around the discoveries we’ve made as we move a scene off book from table readings. And, discovering the great affection this cast has for turtles.

Q – If you got to hang out with your character for a day where would take them and what would you talk about?

A – If I were to spend time with Lady Croom in Asheville, we’d make a stop to the Biltmore estate, naturally. Perhaps she would see some familiar faces in the portraits. I would invite this cast to join us for a cocktail and picnic in the park, because I think she would completely enjoy their company and wit.  I would include director Andrew Gall for the sheer entertainment of the combination.

Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

A – Arcadia is funny and thought provoking. I recommend seeing it twice. Also, if you’re coming from the Asheville area, the drive is pastoral and beautiful – an Arcadia! (Watch for lightening bugs in the trees on your way home. Thank you, Scott Keel.)

Come see Dana and the rest of the cast of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, June 6th-20th!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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