On the Couch with Evelyn Krape

Evelyn KrapeWho is Evelyn Krape?
I’m an actress whose often described as a comedienne. I would prefer comic actress.

What would you do differently to what you do now?     
Not much, but probably more of it.

Who inspires you and why?
Lots of people, from Maggie Smith who seems to approach her material with great irony to a group of ordinary older citizens I’ve been working with in a project called Telling Tales. They get up on stage and tell their stories, not once ever mentioning that they feel old but fearlessly sharing their experiences; the good, the bad and the ugly.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Learn to be more tolerant myself.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I loved Andalusia in Spain. The communal life; older women dressed to the nines promenading at 10pm families eating and kids playing at 10pm, music and dancing in the streets at 10pm. Normally I’m thinking about bed.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
The city lanes and our coast. We’ve got it all.

What are you currently reading?
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky and Don Watson’s Worst Words.

What are you currently listening to?
Yiddish Tangos, for a show we are developing about poor young girls taken from the Shtetls in Poland in the late 1890’s and forced into prostitution. Many in Latin America.

Happiness is?  
Seeing those closest to you living happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m learning to live in the present and let the future take care of itself.

Evelyn Krape’s work has spanned theatre, film and television for more than thirty years. She has performed for Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, 11th Hour and Victoria Opera. Her Yiddish theatre work, Ek Velt – performed in Melbourne and at the 2012 International Yiddish Theatre Festival – also toured New York earlier this year.

Evelyn has appeared with the 11th Hour theatre company in several award winning productions including Crucible, King John, and End Game. She also performed in Roslyn Oades’ acclaimed Malthouse Theatre production Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday in 2014.

Evelyn will be appearing in the Australian Premiere of Middletown at the Red Stitch Theatre from 20 November 2015. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: Evelyn Krape