Another day, another cast member! This time it's Rachel Silvert, who plays Chris's biological mother Cory.
As always, tickets are only $5 and are available at Artful.ly/StoneSoupTheatreProject!
Where are you from?
What brings you to Chicago?
I moved from DC back to Chicagoland last year to continue pursuing my acting career It's been great to get to know the city!
What is the first stage production you remember seeing?
Oh, gosh I don't know. My mom did a production of The Music Man when I was maybe 4 or 5. Incidentally, that was the first show I'd ever auditioned for! I didn't get in, but I do remember sitting and watching her rehearsals. The other show that might be my "first" is probably The Nutcracker.
Tell us a little about your character.
Cory is such a tragic character. She loves her son so much and wants him to be safe and happy and loved, but she can never figure out how to be that person for him. The person to keep him safe and happy and loved. Her addiction is so pervasive, touches every perspective, every thought she has, and that gets in the way of her being the kind of person, the kind of mother, she wants to be. I'm really enjoying exploring the levels of Cory, of that dichotomy of her identity as a mom and also that visceral need to feed her addiction.
What draws you/drew you to this production? What about the show resonates with you?
The story we are telling through this production is just so important. Not everyone can relate personally to growing up on the streets, or watching their friends die or living with PTSD. But all of us know what it feels like to look at your life and wonder how you got here, to wish for a second chance to change oneself, and world, for the better. That definitely resonates with me.
How do you feel the show is relevant to current events in Chicago and the US?
There is so much violence going on in the world these days, and Chicago, specifically with regards to our inner city youth, is no exception. Our play reflects that, but also shows how one positive influence, a hopeful presence, can make all the difference in the world.
As the audience leaves the show, what do you want them to take away from it?
I hope our audience can recognize a part of themselves in the play. After the incredible journey Chris goes through, he ends up with such a sense of hope. I wish our audience will understand that we have a lot of work to do to make our city, our world, better. But there is always reason to hope, and there are good people willing to help.
What is your favorite role you've ever played?
Annelle Dupuy in Steel Magnolias. Hands down.
Favorite quote/piece of advice?
"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes" - Maggie Smith
When you're not on stage, what are you doing?
Oh you know...running around like a headless chicken ha. But really, when I'm not onstage, I'm usually working another job. Lately I've been a server, a Hebrew school teacher, a nanny...I just started a gig as a Mad Scientist teaching an after-school science program, and it's super fun! When I'm not working at all, I like to read and hang out with friends. And bake. And watch Bones.
Who has helped shape your life most? Who do you most admire?
I think one of most influential people in my life has been my younger sister. She has always been such a big personality and I envy her courage sometimes (and definitely her sense of style always). She works incredibly hard to achieve her goals and also makes time to relax and be with the people she loves. We've grown so close now that we're "grown-ups" and I can't imagine my world without her.
I'm on a huge Sara Bareilles kick right now.