Alice Rothman-Hicks* plays our utterly ferocious Paulina. When the men onstage cower before the irrational and jealousy-crazed Leontes, Paulina tells it like it is and refuses to back down.
Alice is a New York native with one of the world's most infectious smiles. Besides being a Shakespeare vet, Alice is a singer and voiceover artist. Get her take on The Winter's Tale and NYC living below!
What's your favorite thing about your hometown?
Well, I'm from New York City....so, basically everything?!? :) I love the crazy energy and the sense of hope and motivation that pervades this city.... it's not an easy place to live, by any means, but I feel like all the people who live here and visit here give it this thriving, vital heartbeat and this feeling that if we all keep hustling, we WILL be able to get shit done and achieve our dreams. I also weirdly love the anonymity of New York City -- the fact that I can weep on the subway one day and run through the pouring rain giggling like a child the next day and there's no shame attached to any of it because everyone's busy doing their own thing.
What does your ideal Saturday look like?
Sipping on an iced coffee while wandering through the streets and parks of New York city...preferably on a relatively warm, gray, foggy, slightly drizzly day.
What's your favorite role you've played, Shakespeare or otherwise?
Paulina would have to be one my all-time favorites -- I love her so much!! Also, Sonia in "Uncle Vanya" and Sue Bridehead in a two-part stage adaptation of "Jude The Obscure." I also loved getting to play a fairy in "Midsummer," because I basically *am* a fairy, so almost no acting was required. :)
What excites you about The Winter's Tale?
SO MUCH. I love love love the human beings that inhabit the world of "The Winter's Tale" and I am so so excited about the fact that we get to have these strong female characters who *insist* on being heard by the men who try to silence them. I also really love the story of this play -- I don't want to give away too many plot points, but it's unexpected and magical and ultimately it's such a powerful story of reconciliation. Getting to tell this story and bring these characters to life onstage is such a gift!!
Featuring a mad king, an exit pursued by a bear, and three of Shakespeare's strongest female characters, The Winter's Tale is a lesser-known, lesser-told story that gives us both tragedy and comedy, love and loss, winter and spring.
The Winter's Tale performs July 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7pm and July 29 at 5pm at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. Tickets may be purchased in advance here.
About Classics on the Rocks:
Shakespeare doesn't have to be complicated and it's our mission at Classics on the Rocks to make classical theatre accessible, exciting, palatable, and fun for everyone - whether you're brand new to Shakespeare or have read the canon cover to cover.
At Classics on the Rocks, we believe that just as whiskey doesn't need anything more than rocks to tame it's bite. Shakespeare doesn't need fancy concepts, modernizations, frilly costumes, or big sets to make it relatable. All you need are talented actors who trust the text and tell the story. It's classics served simply on the rocks.
The Winter's Tale is an Equity approved Showcase. Actors indicated with a * are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association