Meet the team of WOMEN - Jillian Leff (Beth)

Jillian Leff is a Chicago based actor and playwright. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she holds a BFA in Acting from Ball State University (chirp chirp). She is a company member with Cuckoo’s Theater Project whose past credits include THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS (Annie), ANON(YMOUS) (Calista/Serza), and PETER/WENDY (A Lost Boy). Other Chicago credits include DRINK! THE SKETCH COMEDY DRINKING GAME (Cornservatory); MACSITH (Witch), LOST GIRLS (Laddie) (EDGE Theatre); BINDIS AND BRUISES (Ensemble) (Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble – Artistic Fellow). You can catch her in the current DRINK!: DRINK THROUGH THE DECADES and up next in Runaways Lab Theatre’s production of GODDAMN GENIUSES. She sends lots of love to her family and friends for being the awesome people they are.

Get to know Jillian! :

TCTP: Sisterhood is one of the main themes of our show. Do you have any siblings?

JL: Yup, I have two younger sisters.

TCTP: Jo from Little Women is considered to be a classic literary character, who is your favorite?

JL: Probably the ladies of The Importance of Being Earnest. I don't know if that play is technically considered classic lit, but the scene where Cecily and Gwendolyn meet is one of my favorites of all time.

TCTP: Our show combines the classic plot of Little Women with the characters and language of the HBO show Girls. What is your favorite millennial phrase or slang?

JL: yyyaaasss (sometimes with some snaps thrown in)

TCTP: We get to see years of the March sisters childhood's crammed into a little over an hour. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?

JL: One time on Christmas Eve, we were driving home from my grandma's house, and I was CONVINCED that I saw Santa and his reindeer fly through the sky and disappear behind some clouds. So, of course I lost my goddamn mind thinking that he was going to beat us home and skip our house because we weren't there and asleep. So, my parents played along, my dad "racing" Santa home and my mom telling me and my sister that she kept seeing Santa disappearing and re-appearing in the sky. Needless to say, we won the race home.

TCTP: This is an easy one. Favorite book? Can be classic or contemporary. (Just like our show!)

JL: Harry Potter. Got a tattoo to prove it.

Women, runs January 6th - February 4th at The Pentagon Theater at Collaboraction Studios in The Flat Iron Arts Building

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