Long-time Chicago actor Mary Ann Thebus is currently on stage as Rapture, Blister, Burn's Alice, the mother of a college professor who enjoys unwinding by socializing and mixing her daugther some post-class martinis. Between performances Thebus herself sat down to chat about the sharp new play and her own life.
|(L to R) Mary Ann Thebus (Alice Croll) and Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) in Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior
Place of birth and/or hometown: My place of birth was Washington DC; My family moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland when I was nine years old.
Current obsession (music, TV show, book etc.): I have no current obsessions really unless its my work, but I'm a big reader of well-written novels and poetry. I also have over 100 plants of various sizes in my apartment, so I guess that could be considered an obsession. Now that I think of it, I am rather obsessed with my grandchildren too!
Favorite Chicago spot (newly discovered or old favorite): Following on the heels of my last answer, my favorite spot in Chicago is Gethsemane Garden Center on Clark Street.
What drew you to Rapture, Blister, Burn? I like working at the Goodman, they treat actors well and with respect. I also like working with Kimberly Senior. This is our third play together and I find it deals with an interesting topic. I like the fact that the play is funny, not in a slapstick manner, but it's very humorous.
Who is the woman that inspires you most? My two daughters inspire me often. Both are fun and wise. Speaking of fun and wise, I also like the writer Anne Lamott.
What should audiences know before seeing Rapture, Blister, Burn? They will be in for a fun evening, but one with a truthful, serious slant.