Seattle native and theatre-lover, Annie Lofton, makes her OpenStage Theatre debut as Emmy in "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Tell us about yourself! What’s your theatre background? How did you hear about OpenStage?
I am from Seattle, Washington and my first job was in entertainment doing a winter show called "Snowflake Lane." I moved to Colorado to pursue an acting degree at UNC. I spend most of my time with my 2 cats and dog or working at Candlelight in the box office and in food service.
What’s your theatre background? How did you hear about OpenStage?
I started doing theatre very young and spent most of my time in the drama room at school and at my local youth theatre after school growing up. I found OpenStage when a few of my friends did "Cabaret" this season (shoutout to Ethan Walker!)
What made you decide to audition for "A Doll’s House, Part 2"? What was the audition like?
I relate to the character Emmy in a lot of ways, and I love meaty acting roles like this one. The audition was unique in that OST lets their company members come straight to callbacks, so I got to meet a lot of OST alums right off the bat! I had never done an audition in that format. It was intimidating, but everyone was super welcoming and fun to work with. Since I am not from Colorado, it’s been really great finding different theatre communities my peers grew up with.
What were your first impressions when you read the script for "A Doll’s House, Part 2?"
The script reads like an actual conversation, so it’s very natural to perform. It flows easily. It’s interesting seeing a contemporary approach to the classic.
What about this play interests you? Is there a special moment in the play that stands out to you?
I have never done a show that focuses so much on the movement. When I first heard of David and Heather’s concept, I was a little skeptical. But now I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It’s funny how throughout the rehearsal process the movement has become second nature.
I really love Nora’s final monologue, and how Kate does it. I think it’s just fascinating to watch. It puts a nice bow on everything.
What is the importance of this show today?
The show talks a lot about gender norms and the role of women in the home, and Nora challenges these ideals which were incredibly rare during her time.
How has your experience with OpenStage been so far?
It has been so much fun! Working with actors who are a bit older than me means they have a lot more experience and wisdom I can learn from. Everyone I’ve met has been incredibly nice and makes me feel like I belong in the room.
What got you into acting?
I played Rainbow Fish in a first-grade depiction of the book and never looked back.
What can audiences look forward to in "A Doll’s House, Part 2?"
Prepare to laugh a lot! Everyone thinks it’s such a serious show, but there are a lot of funny moments! I would also say that it’s not the typical “Doll’s House” vibe that you’re expecting. The movement has completely transformed the play, and there is so much to see!
What is an interesting tip you’ve learned about acting in your career?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned and something I’m applying a lot right now as an actor straight out of college is that you have to approach auditions like your job. Once you do one, you have to immediately let it slide off your back and focus on the next one. If you end up booking it, amazing, if not, then you’re already looking ahead. It’s enabled me to be a lot more positive in my expectations and not be as nervous in the room.
Do you have any upcoming projects after "A Doll’s House, Part 2?"
Maybe… stay tuned!
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by David Austin-Gröen
March 3–March 12, 2023
Playing at The Lyric in the Tiki Theater