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Interview with Laura Rogers – A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Debbie Chazen and Laura Rogers
Debbie Chazen and Laura-Rogers – Photo by Catherine Ashmore

Print Room at the Coronet continues its important mission to stage unknown and rarely performed works by major writers. A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is a wonderful example of Williams’ writing. Savagely funny, at times almost farcical, beneath the surface lies a depiction of the fragility of hope and a tender exploration of loneliness and the need for human connection.

Cast includes Debbie Chazen as Bodey, Hermione Gulliford as Helena, Laura Rogers as Dorethea, Julia Watson as Miss Gluck. Creative: Director Michael Oakley, Designer Fotini Dimou, Lighting Designer David Plater, Sound Designer Max Pappenheim.

Laura Rogers recently took time out to chat about her career and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.

Q: Before your current role you have appeared in many stage productions – do you have a favourite?
Laura: I have been really lucky to enjoy so many different parts. It’s very difficult to choose but amongst my favourites have been Celia in As you like it and Lady Macbeth at the Globe, a play called Pressure at Chichester and playing all the female roles in 39 Steps in the West End and recently playing Amanda in Private Lives. I’m thoroughly enjoying playing Dorothea at the moment though, there’s a bit of everything to play. I love comedy but I also love to challenge myself with parts that I think are going to stretch me emotionally and physically.

Q: Your TV credits include a “Doctor Who Christmas Special” (now who wouldn’t want that on their list of credits”) – can you tell us about your experience?
Laura: It was a brilliant opportunity to film Dr Who – I couldn’t believe I got to go in the Tardis!!! And I was playing Katherine Jenkin’s (the classical singer) sister. I went to sixth form college in South Wales with Katherine and we were in the choir together so it was lovely to film those scenes with her. Matt Smith was my Doctor and I thought he was wonderful – very clever and so professional. The whole experience seemed to happen so quickly that you think back and ask yourself if it really happened. I don’t think I realised what a huge fan base that show has!

Q: Back to reality… You are in the cast of A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur – what can you tell us about the story?
Laura: This play is set in St Louis in the 1930s and revolves around four women. The women are all incredibly different characters- their class, upbringing, nationality- but they are all single women and lots of people regarded women as a failure if you hadn’t married by a certain age. These characters are all searching for something and subsequently they are all lonely. Saying that, there is a great deal of comedy in this play, the women don’t see themselves as lonely but that is the root to it.

Q: You play the role of Dorothea – what can you tell us about her and how she fits into the storyline?
Laura: My character, Dorothea is from Memphis but has moved to St Louis to teach at a school nearby. She’s moved in with another single woman. You see Dorothea exercising frantically because she’s waiting for an important phone call from the Principal of the school who she’s in love with. She’s convinced he’s going to propose to her and that’s all she can think about but, of course, it’s not as simple as that.

Q: Why should theatregoers get along to see A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur?
Laura: I would urge people to come along and watch this show. It’s very rarely performed and has never been done in England before. It’s got huge heart, it’s funny, it’s warm, it’s thought provoking, it’s heart breaking and it has four wonderful female roles. We are all very excited to have the opportunity to be in it and as our director described it, it’s a little gem.

Laura Rogers plays Dorothea. Her theatre credits include Private Lives (UK tour), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Pressure, An Ideal Husband, Blue Remembered Hills, Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Masterpieces (Royal Court), Revelations (Hampstead Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Globe & US tour) Macbeth, A New World, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III (Globe), The 39 Steps (West End), Dark Philosophers (National Theatre Of Wales). TV credits include Doctor Who Christmas Special, Bad Girls and The Sins.

A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR
by Tennessee Williams
12th September – 7th October 2016

It’s Sunday morning in early June, 1930s St Louis. In a sweltering apartment, as Dorothea completes her rigorous daily exercise regime, Bodey is in the kitchen, frying chicken for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake. Upstairs neighbour Mrs Gluck has depression so bad she can’t even make coffee, and now Dorothea’s spinster colleague Helena arrives with the news that she’s found a lovely new apartment for them to share. But Dorothea’s mind is elsewhere, hoping for a call from the man of her dreams…
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