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Star Bar Spotlight: Marisa Hebert

December, 2011:  Beautiful, talented Marisa brings her particular brand of fabulous to the Star Bar stage as Jane in our production of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told .

How long have you been doing theatre? Off and on for the last 15 years.

What was your first role? I think it was as an Ensemble member in Upstart Performing Ensemble's production of Jeffrey. It was for the first Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival and I was a bright eyed, eager nineteen year old right out of college.

What was your most difficult role? Beneatha in Raisin in the Sun.  I was at that age where I was smack in the middle of discovering who I was not only as a person but as an actor, so the African dance number scared the snot out of me.

What was your most rewarding role? Beneatha in Raisin in the Sun, because I was able to break through to myself through that role. Followed closely by Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, cause it was SUPER fun!

Worst onstage mishap: My own: ripping the back of my pants about 6 inches wide open during the opening scene of A Late Snow, with no exit for the next 3 scenes.  Someone elseís: during a performance of for Colored girls who have considered suicideÖ an audience member ran through the stage vomiting the whole way.

Most Terrifying Moment: Dancing in heels in A..My Name is Alice, Company, and Little Shop of Horrors.  I dread it. It never gets better, it never gets easier, and Iím sure I will fall flat on my face each time I do it.

Funniest performance anecdote: During Sappho in Love, I donít know why or how or what I was thinking, but I ended up on stage without my undergarments.  In a normal show, this would have been fine, but in Sappho during one of the scenes I get down on one knee and beg my lover not to leave me, blah blah blah.  Wouldnít you know, there I am down on one knee flashing my ďgoodiesĒ to the entire audience.

Theatrical High point: Sara in Stop Kiss, again for Upstartís Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival.  That show is just beautiful and I got to play opposite of my wonderful wife, Kelcey McKinley. There is nothing quite as wonderful as looking across the stage at the person you love, while doing the thing you love to do.  Iím so grateful to have had that experience.

You as a performer in three words: Honest,  Intense, Fearless

What do you want the audience to know about the current show? Itís a comedy; itís supposed to be fun!  Regardless of what you believe or donít believe in, what you agree or donít agree with, what you think is right or what you think is wrong, everyone is allowed to tell their story. This is just that, one manís story.  Give into the fantasy and just go with it.

Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:

I love my four legged children more than every human on the planet, save one, and she knows who she is.

Iím a vegan and truly believe it is the best thing I can do for my health, our planet, and all the creatures that live upon it.

I prefer hugs over handshakes, but Iím crazy shy and socially awkward, so I do a lot of shaking of the hands.

What's your Actor's Nightmare? Itís opening night and I have no idea what the show is, what my part is, what my lines are, or what Iím supposed to do. The worst part of it all is nothing about my costume, the set or what the other actors are doing helps to answer any of the questions.  AndÖ.. GO! Uggghhh.