Grace Teddy plays “Sarah Evans” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Because we are updating the story to be like a 90’s sitcom, there is a different kind of freedom that can be played with in this production. There are hyperbolic exaggerations that we can make with responses and the freedom of choices make it difficult just which one to choose and play with!
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I have never seen ANY Shakespeare show performed like a 90’s sitcom, but that surprises me, as this show in particular lends itself to such a setting!
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think the fact that we’re going to bring out a couch and put it away after every performance will be pretty surprising.
How is this character like you?
We’re changing “Sir Hugh Evans”, the Welsh Parson to “Sarah Evans”, a Southern Baptist living in an area that is vastly different to where she comes from. I can relate to that. “Sarah” just happens to be in NYC, and I’m here in Southern California.
Other than being a Southern fish out of water, “Sarah” and I are VERY different. I feel like she’s more of a busybody than myself. That is not to say that I’m not nosy, I just don’t try to influence everything the way “Sarah” does. I also think she wants to feel like she is superior by being the spiritual guide, while I prefer to be a member of the community while providing emotional and spiritual support for people.
What do you love and/or hate about this character?
I love that “Sarah” is despicably duplicitous. I mean, I would hate her in real life, but she is definitely someone who would talk bad about you behind your back after smiling and complimenting you to your face. I love being able to play characters like that!
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Because we are changing so much of “Sarah’s” character, there are so many choices that can be made! That freedom is both liberating and frustrating. Also the dancing. I’m not good at battle dancing.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
As originally written? I’d love to see Tom Hiddleston play “Sir Hugh”. He’s a trained Shakespearian actor, who would be so cute as a Welsh parson. As how we are doing it? Reese Witherspoon would be such a funny “Sarah”!
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
Not my line, but it makes me laugh, “Boarding call you it? I’ll be sure to keep him above deck.”
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I think “Sarah” is perfect for me, but it would be fun to play one of the wives who are playing all the pranks on “Falstaff.”
When did you first perform?
I first performed for a school production about the pilgrims to North America when I was 6.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
This is such an unfair question! I’ll say my favorite drama is Hamlet. My favorite comedy is Noises Off by Michael Frayn. My current favorite musical comedy is The Music Man by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey, but that is always in flux!
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
A good Sunday is where I enjoy a rose mocha while knitting next to my significant other.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
The moments that I am not working for a theatre company and performing in shows, I enjoy knitting and baking.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I think I would really like to be a part of a production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. No one is doing it right now, but it’s such a fantastic show!
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
I remember my intention in the scene and take a breath.
Actor’s Bio: Grace Teddy, “Sarah Evans”
Grace is ecstatic to be a part of a production with OTE again! She previously performed with OTE in Romeo & Juliet and has since performed with BS Theatre in Much Ado About Nothing earlier this year. Obviously, playing in Shakespeare is something that Grace rather enjoys and playing “Sarah Evans” is a character that has her own unique and exciting challenges. Thank you to Aurora, Dawn, Steven, and Momma for all your support and patience!
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.”
This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…
Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!
Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.
All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.
Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration ). No refunds or transfers for this event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.