Rachel Drach scores a Tony nomination for Broadway debut – Deadline

When Rachel Drach enters Broadway, the all-female gathering is a farce Potash: Or, behind every Great Dumbs, seven women are trying to keep him alive, The audience responds with an enthusiasm that sounds like a greeting from an old friend. Best known for NBC from 1999 to 2006 Live Saturday night Which saw him hold his own among the show’s most popular casts – Will Farrell, Tina Faye, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Pohler, Seth Meyers and Darrell Hammond were just a few of the all-stars of those seasons – one made by Debbie Downer of Datch SNL. With the most enduring character, never look at the bright side type who can sink even the happiest occasion with a gloomy observation. “Did you die at the hands of the African diamond industry?”, Debbie might say to a newly appointed member of the family at Thanksgiving.

Potash Audiences, however, will only see Debbie Downer’s nude, fleeting hints at Draches Potash Performance – A Broadway debut that nominated the actress for her first Tony Award. He and co-star Julie White (Tony is the winner The little dog laughed2006) Both were nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Category (Beowulf Borit’s costumes are also in Tony’s run.)

As for Stephanie, Drach plays a White House secretary who, at least at first, is plagued by self-doubt and constant fear of getting an ax like Debbie. Stephanie is one of seven named women who have worked, married or dated an off-stage president of the United States, whose latest misstep is – she publicly uttered third-rail obscenity to describe her first lady (Vanessa Williams) – her Threatens to destroy the administration and possibly world peace.

Written by Selina Fillinger and directed by Susan Strowman, the comedy does not feature the slightest slap in the face with a satirical satire. .

Deadline has been set with Drach, who will also be seen in the upcoming film I love my dadTalking about her Broadway debut, her Tony nomination and where, exactly, she found inspiration for Stephanie’s drug-induced hysteria.

This interview was edited and condensed for length and clarity.

Rachel Drach, Julie White, ‘Potash’
Paul Colony

Deadline: Tell me your reaction to the Tony nomination.

Rachel Drach: Oh my God, I mean, just like, dream world. Like, thrilled, stunned, stunned, all in one, which is all good stuff.

Deadline: You’ve been on stage before, off Broadway, but Potash Make your Broadway debut and you get a Tony nomination. Must be fantastic dizziness.

Drach: I was already so excited to have this play on Broadway. There’s a lot of laughter every night, so it was already very funny and then the Tony thing was this crazy icing on an already-too-cold cake.

Deadline: How did this project come about for you?

Drach: I didn’t really find it, but I guess I did because Susan Strowman, the director, did a lesson a while ago. And then he did the only show of this one night Crazy for you I was a part of the Lincoln Center and I had a comedy role in it. So, I worked with him a few times. I think that’s why he thought of me for this big comedy drama.

And I wasn’t sure about it at first. The Broadway schedule is no joke. And Kovid and after all, I was just excited for my summer. But I had a two minute conversation with Susan, and then I was, well, I’m doing it. He is very confident without twisting your arm, because he is a very calm man, so you want to work with him.

Deadline: Has he come specifically for you in this role? Because it seems to fit your talent.

Drach: Was it kind of like you want to be involved in this show? And then I was like, well, Stephanie’s part is open? And he said yes. It’s one of the main parts that wasn’t cast, and it’s one that really appealed to me because it’s a cloning-type role that has a lot of different strengths and things to play with. I was excited about that role.

Deadline: Did the role evolve at all after you got on the ship?

Drach: Everything was in the script, all the lines and all the stages that he crossed. Selina, the playwright, mapped the whole thing. Everything from Selina’s mind.

Deadline: Stephanie I’m dying to find out what that chemical is.

Drach: [Laughs] Okay, I’m assuming it’s … I mean, I haven’t done much medicine in my time, so I don’t have much to do, but I’m assuming it’s some kind of acid. I’ve never acidified myself, but I did … it’s funny. When I was 20, I made a mistake I was traveling. I was in Amsterdam. And I made the mistake of eating the space cake, which I think was a straight-up hash. Little did I know that I would be able to use my bad trip many years later. It was a time when I was into something and it actually helps for this part.

End date: Method acting.

‘Potash’ cast
Paul Colony

Drach: One of the things I like about this part is that in the first job he is just this, for example, the smooth person who wants to fix everything and this is a force that I can relate to. And then he has his whole, let’s say, second acting journey. One of the characters describes the stages he is about to go through [“visions, belligerence, mania, unquenchable sexual thirst, and vomiting”] And he does.

And I have to say, whenever someone starts telling a story, I have a kind of bias, like, oh my God, the worst thing that happened to me. I just like, yawn, of course it was because you were addicted. Like, where’s that fun? But for that, I think it’s funny because I can relate to being someone who follows all the rules and then it comes out of it all. I think I can’t really see it because I’m taking drugs. I also see it as someone whose ID comes out – in different ways. That’s what it’s really fun about. That’s how I approached it – you can say whatever you want, and don’t worry about who you’re going to displease and just take all your energy, you know, physically, mentally, everything. That’s really fun every night.

Deadline: Stephanie is the soul of drama in some ways, I think – that’s what happens when oppression and repression are let go.

Drach: I just realized that she does all these energy poses in the beginning – in fact there is a TED talk about this energy posture for women, to make you more confident at work. But then his whole second performance is almost over Acceptance Energy, naturally Stay The ability to go from point B to point A with it’s just fun.

Deadline: How SNL Ready for Broadway? Or did he?

Drach: Okay, like you said, I’ve done a lot of theater, but I’ve also done a lot of sketches, and fun things Potash Is it all part of a play, and it’s acting with a capital A, but you can still bring a lot of sketch experience to it. I’ve been in plays where I’m like this little side part in comedy, but it’s a clown of drama. It’s a lot of physical stuff. To me it seems like a perfect mix. It could even be more of a second city [feel] Than SNL Because you are on stage every night in front of a live audience, even if you have a live audience SNL, You’re very aware of the camera, and you know, it’s a little snippet of a scene. So it’s really fun to go on this ride with the audience and people go to this giant house after listening to every joke.

SNL Did a dream come true and being in the movie and all that stuff is so much fun, but there’s something about knowing your part and you don’t have to write anything, you know what I’m saying? It’s just you and the audience every night, and that, as such, is my place of joy.

Deadline: Does the audience change a lot at night? Are you smiling in the same place?

Drach: Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. I’ve been in some drama where you, oh my God, it’s not working, where you can have a bad crowd from one night to the next, or let’s just say Calm down Home, when the jokes are not landed. I’ve been in them, but it works pretty well whenever we do it.

Deadline: The night I was there, as soon as you showed up – the set was spinning, and you were there – the audience went crazy. Is it every night?

Drach: Okay, Vanessa Williams and I in that scene. I need to share …

Deadline: You can share.

Drach: But there is a love, yes, I mean, it happens most days. We all get ours [entrance] The moment I think everyone is excited to see us all.

Deadline: Did you learn anything from your cast members? I won’t tell you to go through each but …

Drach: This kind of reminds me SNLWhat I actually love about SNL Everyone was very funny but in their own way, and this is also the drama. It’s very well cast, and everyone has really different energy …

Deadline: Of course different energy. You have Julie White, whom theatrical audiences know very well, and then you have Julian Huff, who is new to Broadway and mostly known for TV, and somehow, yes, they’ve met …

Drach: Julie White So Well, for example, the pressure-out guy who’s trying to control everything and the smartest person in the room – I love watching him do his work every night – and then Julian, who is so beautiful and a dancer and this blonde beauty, just like her character. , And you think the character is going to be this kind of dumb blonde, for lack of a good word, just to find out what she is not at all. And Julian is very smart, and very funny. I love how his part unrolls every night.

Deadline: Have you noticed any differences in audience response since the Row vs. Wade news break?

Drach: Yes. There’s a line that at first seemed almost kind of incidental. You would think that Julian’s character is one who would be guided around and fooled, but then he would often have a line like, oh, No, I’m actually politically aware. It has a line about affordable, safe reproductive health care being a basic human right, and the day the Supreme Court draft leaked, oh my God, we had to take a break. I mean, Granted, yes, we’re in New York, but we’ve had to take a long break since the audience just went crazy. Like, cheer and shout and stand. And you can hear the men screaming. I mean, scream in a good way. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, however;

But there are also things like … you know, I mentioned that I use this power posture, and you know that these are stupid. But with all that going on, now when I pose like me, yes! Give me power! There was a line at the very end that was tacked. We do this little musical screen call thing, and at the very end, I go out and say, “We hold these facts to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, bitch!” And at first I was, okay, this is a tieback with my previous speech, but now that I say it, you can feel this energy at home. For example, people are shouting and screaming because they just want to be in the same room with each other and share that line, you know?

Potash: Or, behind every Great Dumbs, seven women are trying to keep him alive, Written by Selina Fillinger and directed by Susan Strowman, starring Lily Cooper, Leah Delaria, Rachel Darch, Julian Huff, Suzy Nakamura, Julie White and Vanessa Williams. It’s running at the Schubert Theater.

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