Elisabeth Del Toro is delighted to be a part of THE WATER CHILDREN! Chicago theater credits include PARACHUTE MEN (Linda) (Teatro Vista); EL STORIES: HOLIDAY TRAIN (Emily) (The Waltzing Mechanics); and BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL (Ensemble) (Surging Films and Theatrics). Elisabeth can also be seen performing with improv teams Betsy and Talking Birds. More about Elisabeth’s production history and updates can be found at elisabethdeltoro.com
Get to know Elisabeth! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
EDT: I'm really into the cultural tradition of middle-aged people posting pictures on fb with their food either smiling too big or not even trying to smile. Every relative I have within a certain age range regularly does this, no matter what country they are from. I cannot help but hope it extends outside of my family. I love it.
TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?
EDT: My go-to response to feeling adrift is kind of like Megan's: I try to make as few choices for as long as possible until I get to the point where I have to talk through all sides of the crisis with my mom. So far it's worked out okay.
TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?
EDT: I am an older sister so I love to give advice, even when no one has asked me to. If anyone reading this is looking for advice pls reach out at http://twitter.com/selfiedt I will answer any questions about love, puns, the ways socialized gender norms fuck people up, and how to call your congressional representatives so that your voice is duly noted.
TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?
EDT: I ought to eventually forgive my sisters for each moving to Chicago for a year and then abandoning me for sunny South Texas, but I am not there yet. I shiver both from the eternal winter and my eternal feeling of betrayal.
TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?
EDT: I have never taken a job that I knew from the outset that I would hate, but I've worked on a few projects that slowly turned sour. It all comes down to who is in the room and how they work together. I can't stand backing out of projects before they're done, but I do it (sparingly!) when a group of people is more toxic to be around than a project is rewarding. So, like, the exact inverse of what happens to Megan in WC lol.
Come see Elisabeth and the cast of The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
Get Tickets Here: http://waterchildren2017.brownpapertickets.com/