Name: Brenda Scott Wlazlo (Waz-Low) -that first L lays real low.
Briggs Meyer Personality: INFJ with an unfortunate emphasis on the J.
Hometown: I grew up all over but but the town I was born in had a vacation house we went back to every summer. So I’d have to say Traverse City, Michigan
Childhood Nickname: Bes- It was my initials and I thought it was a GREAT idea for a hot second. That second has passed.
Favorite Genre or Time Period of Theater: This is ever changing- but I feel like the golden era musicals are pretty under rated for everything they were able to accomplish socially. (people will listen to anything if you put it with a catchy big band number)
Favorite Role Thus Far: A toss up between Nora in a new adaptation of A Dolls House and Benvolio from R&J: The Vineyard– they were both pretty bad ass.
Who would you go to Dinner and Show with, and what show: The Obama’s for sure. And I’d probably make them go see Hamilton again.. because you know Lin Emanuel would totally give us the backstage VIP treatment afterwords.
Theater Job You Can’t/Won’t Do: I’m willing to help out in pretty much any area.. whether you WANT me to- that’s different. But I’d probably say playwright. It takes a lot of courage to put your characters- pieces of your soul- out on a stage to be drafted and picked and polished. I’m way more cut out to help those stories be told- not create them from scratch.
Biggest Risk you’ve Taken: Moving to NYC after I had gotten evicted, Laid off (twice) and dumped when I first moved out after college. I was 23.
A Surprising Truth: I have two older brothers and one is mentally impaired and lives in an assisted living home. He calls everyone “Grandpa” and “Turkey” and I still help him bake cookies for Santa when I go home for Christmas so he gets his presents.
Favorite Red Theater Memory: One of our majority Deaf performances for R+J: The Vineyard, we came out for the curtain call and the entire audience had their hands in the air (the Deaf equivalent for applause) and this rumbling started getting louder and louder. We realized everyone in the audience was stomping their feet- which is a standing O. People were just elated. I couldn’t have felt prouder or more full of love for the production and the people that contributed to it. It was amazing.