Q – What is a typical day like for you?
A – A typical day for me means going to my studio in Weaverville to work at my worker-owned cooperative: FullSteam Labs. I spend my day helping to design websites and create branding, with occasional breaks to AllGood Coffee or WellBred Bakery (lucky me!). In my evenings I like to learn and sing traditional song with friends or with the Asheville Community Sing.
Q – How have you prepared for your character?
Preparing for Sara Carter has been an interesting process. She spent so much time running a farm and raising children while her husband A.P. was off song collecting. By a certain point, she felt so uncared for that she just took off across the country, leaving her children behind. I’ve worked to understand the alternate feelings of loyalty, pride and independence she struggled with in her life. Reading Frank Young’s excellent graphic novel “Don’t Forget this Song” helped me comprehend Sara’s story more.
Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?
The #1 reason folks should see this show is because it explains some of the important intersections of black and white musics in America. So much of American music- from Country to sea shanties to Appalachian ballads- is a rich blend of African-American, white and other ethnic music traditions shared over centuries. Esley is a way to help us remember and celebrate that heritage.
Come see Saro and the rest of the cast of Esley: The Life and Musical Legacy of Lesley Riddle at Parkway Playhouse June 27th-July 11th!
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