Angela Forshee is a freelance director in Chicago. Recent credits include WOMEN (The Cuckoo's Theater Project), BECHDELFEST (Broken Nose Theatre), SICK by Spenser Davis (Spartan Theatre Company), and THE OLD FRIENDS by Horton Foote (Raven Theatre). She is excited to tell a story so close to her heart, at a time it is needed most. Angela has a degree in Directing from Ball State University. A huge thanks to Melissa and Marc, the cast, Jackie, and House Fargo. #straddleorswerve
Get to know Angela! :
TCTP: When was a time that you stood up for yourself? Did it work out in your favor?
AF: The first time I can remember standing up for myself is in elementary school, when I had to confront a friend who had been talking mad shit behind my back. She lived down the street from me and I walked down one afternoon to talk with her. I ended up telling her that we were not going to be good friends anymore once we went to middle school, then I went home and cried for hours. Ultimately, it ended up being alright, but we never really talked again and we ended up going to different schools.
TCTP: Callie is a not-so- secret foodie. What’s your favorite restaurant in the city to bring friends to?
AF: I'd have to say I would 9 times out of 10 I am gonna take a friend to Cozy Noodles in Wrigleyville. I constantly crave their Tofu Pad Thai and am eating some as I type this answer.
TCTP: Stop Kiss takes place in the 90s, so what’s one thing from that decade you would want to bring back?
AF: I have attached an image because to be honest I don't know what they are called. But there are so many moments in my daily life where I wish I had one of these. They are just so mildly inappropriate but you can't be mad at them because they are so bright and happy.
TCTP: Have you ever been an innocent bystander in a situation? What did you do?
AF: Once I was on the train in the summer, and I saw a girl get on who was wearing short shorts and a crop top. There were some younger guys who had already been expressing themselves loudly (they were drunk or high or something) and I just knew they were going to come after her. Of course, they did. And it was too painful to watch them talk to her so crudely, so I stood up and just put myself between them and her, and said "I don't think she wants to talk to you." One of the guys said "what, are you her girlfriend?" And I said "yeah, maybe I am." They stopped and backed off, then she smiled and mouthed "thank you" when I got off the train. Felt really good.
TCTP: Straddle or Swerve?
AF: Lately I've been Straddle. I just got tired of feeling crappy over avoiding things that bothered me, or avoiding things I wanted to change.
Come see Angela's work in Stop Kiss, running April 7- May 6 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
Get tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2901552