Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. In advance of our first performance on February 23, we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you a spotlight on Kate Loprest, who is playing the dual roles of Caroline and Catherine.
Read the full interview below and get your tickets to performances February 23 – March 18 today!
Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Kate Loprest: What first attracted me to Folk Wandering was that it’s an ensemble piece wherein everyone is featured. One of my favorite things about being a performer is getting to work with incredible, funny, talented people and ensemble pieces always tend to bring out the best in everyone. I also happen to love the track I’ve been cast in because the roles are so drastically different; I get to play comedy as well as drama, sing folk, rock, and first soprano, use accents. Basically, I’m in my happy, creative place.
PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
KL: The first thing I related to was the strength of both the female characters I play in the show. Caroline is very confident and sassy. She really goes for what she wants, which is quite forward thinking for a small-town Indiana girl in 1955. Catherine’s biggest priority is her family; you literally see her fighting and sacrificing for them to have the American dream. I can’t wait to get to know them both better.
PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
KL: FOLK WANDERING: Swell!
PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
KL: Being the beginning of a new year, I’ve set a few goals for myself. One of my largest goals, ironically, speaks to this show and that is changing my mindset from surviving to thriving. I live in a crazy, confusing time in the “city that never sleeps” and I often feel like I’m just trying to get by each day. Instead, I’m working to see each day as a gift and an opportunity. It’s not easy, but I think that small change could make a big difference in my life as well as others.
PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
KL: I’m the oldest of 5 siblings: 4 girls; 1 boy; I told my parents I wanted to work for SeaWorld when I grew up; I performed for Oprah last year!