“Revealing Responses with the Rep!” – With Nancy Lipschultz and Ray Hedin

Fun Fact: This is the second  and third time at Indiana Festival Theatre that Nancy and Ray have been “married” to each other. Last year, they were Mayor and Mrs. Shinn in The Music Man. This year , they play the parents of the young lovers in both The Taming of the Shrew and You Can’t Take It With You.

Nancy Lipschultz Nancy Lipshultz

  • Name,  Daytime Job/ Alter Ego,  Hometown/Origins

Nancy Lipschultz,  aka Michael Jordan

Professor at Theatre & Drama IU

Chicago, IL

  • Role Playing  in the Rep Shows

Mrs Kirby in You Can’t Take it With You

Baptista (previously Baptisto) in The Taming of the Shrew

  • What has been your best rehearsal experience during You Can’t Take It With You and The Taming of the Shrew?

Best thing is working with my cast mates and 2 great directors. Working with such talented and generous people every day is a real gift.

  • What is something about you that would surprise people?

I am a former National Champion Equestrian  at Madison Square Garden

  • What was the first show you remember seeing?

The Sound of Music with Mary Martin

  • What has been your favorite role in your acting career?

They have all been great. Hard to choose one!

  • What has been your least favorite role?

Don’t have one. I was a print model in San Francisco  and that was hard.

  • What is a role you would kill to play?

Mama Morton in Chicago.

  • Who is your inspiration or idol?

Helen Mirren and my mom

  • What are three things that you could not live without?

Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye. Dorothy Parker said it  and I believe it.

  • What is your pre-show ritual?

Vocal warm-ups of course.

  • Finish this statement: “I’ll never understand why. . .”

Coco Noble is such a super star, but she is!

  •  What is the best piece of advice to give aspiring actors

Be kind generous and on time.

Nancy Lipschultz and Rob Johansen

Nancy as Baptista
Photo courtesy of Ivona Hedin

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Ray Hedin

 Ray Hedin

  • Name,  Daytime Job/ Alter Ego,  Hometown/Origins

Ray Hedin. I’m a professor of American Literature at IU. Born in Chicago, raised in the western suburbs

  • Role Playing  in the Rep Shows

Mr. Anthony Kirby in You Can’t Take It with You

Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew

  • What has been your best rehearsal experience during You Can’t Take It With You and The Taming of the Shrew?

No single thing, but overall, the spirit of collaboration between the directors and the cast in both plays. And participating in and appreciating the small, incremental changes from rehearsal to rehearsal that contribute to making the productions better.

  • What is something about you that would surprise people?

I spent nine years in a Catholic seminary studying to be a priest.

  • What was the first show you remember seeing?

Auntie Mame

  • What has been your favorite role in your acting career?

Mayor Shinn in The Music Man

  • What has been your least favorite role?

I don’t go far enough back to have a least favorite role.

  • What is a role you would kill to play?

I always fantasized about playing Harold Hill in The Music Man, but that’s not likely at this point.

  • Who is your inspiration or idol?

I guess I don’t think in those terms.

  • What are three things that you could not live without?

I can’t think of an accurate answer to that.

  • What is your pre-show ritual?

An afternoon nap, light dinner, review the script, a few deep breaths

  • Finish this statement: “I’ll never understand why. . .”

 The idea of being taxed is so repellant to people who benefit from the taxes they pay.

  •  What is the best piece of advice to give aspiring actors

I don’t feel qualified to advise young actors. I’d say to anyone who, like me, tried this well along in life, just go for it if it attracts you; it’s very satisfying to get out of the skin you’ve been in for a long time.

See these two professors light up the stage as the meddling but well-meaning parents in both The Taming of the Shrew and You Can’ t Take it With You. See this page for details!

Ray Hedin and Rob Johansen
Photo courtesy of Ivona Hedin

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