In Part Five of a series of interviews with the cast of Rockville Little Theatre’s Our Town, meet Sandra Cox True.
Please introduce yourself and tell where local theatre goers have seen you before on the stage and who you played?
I am a transplant from Ohio, where I was active in community theater. Favorite roles were Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Rose in Fences, and Linda in Death of a Salesman. Recent work in this area includes Mrs. Watts in Trip to Bountiful (Sykesville Little Theater), Grace in Grace and Glory, Miss Leah in Flyin’ West (Bowie Community Theater), Cassandra in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Prince George’s Little Theatre).
Why did you want to be part of RLT’s production of Our Town?
I first saw Our Town at my high school and wished fervently that I was on stage. So, decades later, it is great to perform in this play with such a respected theater company.
Who do you play in the show?
I play Mrs. Soames, a gossipy woman who sings in the choir along with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs
On the surface Mrs. Soames is the town busybody and as such is not a character whose traits you want to own. However, for me, Mrs. Soames has evolved into a woman who desperately needs acceptance and who sees clearly problems others wish to ignore.
How do you relate to your character? What traits do you share and not share and what do you admire most about her?
Initially, the role is the one that elicited the least empathy from me and I felt quite distant from her. Director Laurie Freed led me to experience her joy and conversely to express calm resignation in Act III.
Why is Our Town still so popular? What does Our Town have to say to today’s theater audiences?
Our Town is a snapshot of the cycle of life. It focuses on how important and wondrous each commonplace moment of our daily existence is, and how, sadly, those moments are taken for granted.
Which scene or scenes move you the most in Our Town and why?
The scene between father and son where George is gently helped recognize his failings and led toward assuming his responsibilities speaks to me as I remember the maturation of my children and as I watch the growth of my grandson.
Our Town plays through May 8, 2016 at Rockville Little Theatre performing at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center – 603 Edmonston Drive, in Rockville, MD. For tickets, call the box office at (240) 314-8690, or purchase them online.
Meet the Cast of Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Our Town’: Part 1: Zoe Bulitt.
Meet the Cast of Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Our Town’: Part 2: Allison Howlett.
Meet the Cast of Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Our Town’: Part 3: Tristan Poje.
Meet the Cast of Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Our Town’: Part 4: Tracy Husted.
Meet the Cast of Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Our Town’: Part 5: Sandra Cox True.
Review of ‘Our Town’ at Rockville Little Theatre by William Powell on DCMetroTheaterArts.