THE PITCH: Ac­tress Diane D’Aquila on why you should go see Soulpep­per’s Jit­ters this month

Richmond Hill Post - - Arts -

I love Jit­ters. I love it be­cause the time and sen­si­bil­ity of the play was the the­atri­cal world I grew up in. You could say we grew up to­gether.

I was in the au­di­ence for its first open­ing night. I worked with many of the ac­tors which David French based his char­ac­ters on.

True story: my first pro­fes­sional Shake­speare, The Tam­ing of the Shrew, at the Al­liance Theatre in At­lanta, Ga., I played Kate along­side Ger­ard Parkes who played Gru­mio. Pa­trick Flana­gan in Jit­ters is based on Gerry Parkes.

And just as in Jit­ters, where the char­ac­ter of Pa­trick gives the younger ac­tor a per­sonal me­mento on open­ing night, I re­ceived from Gerry for Shrew a sim­i­lar gift. Life im­i­tates art.

I don’t know a play about theatre that is as funny or as true to the cre­ative process as Jit­ters, in­clud­ing Noises Off.

It cel­e­brates the vul­ner­a­bil­ity and fragility of what it means to be an artist. This is my third pro­duc­tion of Jit­ters, and I am hop­ing that I can get through a re­hearsal or per­for­mance with­out los­ing it … in laugh­ter or tears.

With Oliver Den­nis and the rest of this cast, good luck. You want to laugh, come see Jit­ters.

Jit­ters runs at Soulpep­per Theatre Com­pany un­til April 6.

Oliver Den­nis and Diane D’Aquila in ‘Jit­ters’

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