Katherine Stewart portrays the beautiful and capable Lady Chenna Danbeau, Minister of Wizard in Mantecoza.
Let’s get to know her better!
Describe yourself in one sentence: Uhh… arty girl; kinda strange.
What was your favorite movie growing up and why? I know Sue would say Mary Poppins, but there are a ton.
I loved Sleeping Beauty, Music Man, Scarlet Pimpernel, It’s a Wonderful Life, Casablanca… I guess I’ll stop now.
What was the last movie you saw? Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal. Now I have an itty bitty crush on Richard Coyle.
What is the last food someone should ever try and offer you: I am not partial to any of the various squashes.
Tell us a little about Mantecoza in your own words (without giving away any secrets of course): It’s joyous, it’s fun, it’s adventurous, it’s cheeky, it’s swashbuckling! Love buckling those swashes! Gadgets! Corsets! Magic!
Without giving anything away. Reveal a secret about the Mantecoza plot in one word: “Punch.” Draw your own conclusions.
If you and Chenna met on the road what do you think would be each others first impression of the other: I think I’d probably be totally scared of her. She has issues. She’d probably think I was a complete sissy.
You were one of the stars of the Phoenix Comic Con commercials last year. Was that a fun experience? Double YES! If they asked me again I’d do it in a heartbeat. I even got recognized for them at the con. Geeks rule!
You are also the artistic director of a theatre. Tell us a little about it: It’s… fun? It’s hard work? I’ve been doing it for over six years, so it’s kind of my life now. Everything I do is directed toward DRT (www.desertrosetheatre.com) and pretty much all my friends these days are ones I’ve met through the theatre, whether it was directly through a show, or they were friends of the theatre. We do everything on a shoestring and we try to make it look like a million bucks. We love the sacrifice, but we sure don’t turn our noses up when someone gives us money!
We are a non-profit, after all!
Having been in so many plays and musicals you must have a favorite: For plays, probably
Measure for Measure. At least right now. For musicals, I’m keeping that one to myself. It makes the snobs laugh at me.
If someone had never been to a Shakespearean play before which one do you think would be a good one for a beginner? Start with the comedies. Much Ado is great because it’s a rom-com, Midsummer is fun, Twelfth Night rocks. Make sure it’s a professional show. And start light… you know, not the “look at my awesome concept but I don’t know what I’m saying” shows. Starting light can help you get comfy listening to the language. Save King Lear and Coriolanus for when you feel confident.
What playwright do you think does not receive as much credit as they deserve? Sue Kaff! Kellen Garner!
What are some of your upcoming projects? Um, I’m playing the title character in Mary Stuart, then I’m directing my own adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, then I’m involved in another web series this summer… then I’m planning next season. So, I have no social life.
You have 10 seconds left to say anything – what would it be? PleasewatchMantecozait’sagreatshowandgotomytheatre’swebsitewww.desertrosetheatre.comanddonateabunchofmoneythanks!
Stay tuned! We’ll have more interviews coming up as we Get To Know the Cast & Crew of Mantecoza!