How long have you been a Twin Peaks fan? Since it aired on TV, and I became obsessed with trying to figure out how Audrey Horne knotted that cherry stem with her tongue.
What was your first experience with the show? I remember being very intrigued by the mystery surrounding the death of Laura Palmer. The show was dark and the characters alluring. At the time though, without a DVR, it was easy to get lost in the story because I’d miss episodes.
A couple years ago, I did a Twin Peaks marathon, watched the series in its entirety over a couple weeks and was blown away. Of course there was a lot of nostalgia for the era and remembering parts of the story from years ago. I finally got every bit of weird, creepy, crazy bit of awesomeness all at once with no gaps. If something didn’t quite make sense, it was because maybe it wasn’t supposed to. When I first watched the show I lived in the Midwest. But I’ve been in Seattle since the early ’90s, so re-watching with the realization that so much of the show was filmed in North Bend and Rosyln, at places I’ve been to (i.e. The Double R Diner, Snoqualmie Falls), made it even more fun.
What are some similarities with the character we styled you as? I used to wait tables, I like cherry pie and who knew, but my hair curls quite easily…and I still had some reddish brown lipstick left over from 1992 to complete the look.
Biggest Differences? I’m not married to a criminal, I still talk to my mother and I have no desire to be “Miss Twin Peaks” or “Miss Anything.” While Norma made a pretty bad husband pick (another difference because I’m pretty happy with mine), at least she came to her senses and dumped Hank AND refused to give him an alibi for the crime he committed. Don’t know if I’m as saintly as Norma (I don’t organize Meals On Wheels), but I am a former Social Worker and I volunteer at my son’s elementary school (sort of a similarity on the charitable front). Alas, I don’t think there is diner ownership in my future…
What past projects are you associated with? The indie pop/rock bands Fedora and Honey Tongue (which included my non-criminal partner Graham). I played Bruce Lee’s girlfriend Linda in Teatro Zinzanni’s “Return To Paradise” a couple years ago – and sang an original Honey Tongue tune in the show (while spinning from a cirque cage! I’m serious!). I recently released my first solo CD “Every Day Is A Parade.” And I play Steven Tyler in the all-girl Aerosmith band Dream On.
What do you have in store for 2015? What can we look forward to? I’ve been writing songs for a follow-up solo CD, as well as collaborating with Graham on new material. Next up, I’ll be belting out Led Zeppelin tunes along with my fellow “sirens on the rock” Sarah Rudinoff, Zach Davidson and an all-star band while the hottest modern, ballet and burlesque dancers in town create their magic. Paulanow’s “House Of Thee Unholy” is a 90-minute epic psychedelic 70’s trip down memory lane of nonstop sex, drugs and rock & roll. This is the production’s 6th year and my 5th singing in the show!
House Of Thee Unholy, The Triple Door, 10 shows (2 per night) – March 10 thru 15.
Then, for something a little more G-rated, I’ll be returning to Teatro Zinzanni for a 10-show run with the Dream On Band for Big Top Rock: DREAM ON, April 18 thru May 30
Parents are always looking for new and fun things to do with their kids. Big Top Rock: Dream On is a family’s first rock show complete with glow sticks, rock icons, kicks, struts, head bangs and high-pitched screams. We get to take beloved songs we grew up with (fun for the parents) and introduce them to kids today. And while Dream On performs tunes (by artists like AC/DC, Blondie, Joan Jett, Aerosmith), there is high-caliber cirque and dance being performed by adults AND kids. It’s the only show in town combining circus and rock-n-roll under one “tent” for all ages. One of my favorite projects ever!