Some of the characters have accents. Some are older and wiser while others are young and learning, but something can be learned from each woman’s experience.
“This is actually my third time directing this show,” said David Zybert, the show’s director. “The first time was in Southern California about 30 years ago, the next time was in Reno, 19 years ago. The actors change but the monologues stay the same.”
Some of the actresses performing in “Talking With …” are no strangers to the play, such as Jacqueline Fisher, who performs the monologue “Clear Glass Marbles.”
“When I first auditioned for ‘Talking With…’ in college, I tried for ‘Clear Glass Marbles’ but I didn’t really have the life experience,” Fisher said.
She was chosen for a different part in the college production of “Talking With …” which she said was a good thing as it allowed her to grow as a person. This is her fourth role in the play, having performed the women in the monologues “Rodeo,” “Audition,” and “French Fries” before.
“I just hear Lori in my head all the time,” Fisher said of the woman in “Clear Glass Marbles,” who is grieving after the death of her mother.
Although her character is grieving, Fisher said she tries to bring humor to the role as well as a message of hope for the future.
“I hope the audience takes away a message of hope,” Zybert said. “A lot of these monologues are about hope and women being strong and I feel strongly about that.”
Corinne Hasenau, a new actress who is a junior at Reed High School, had to learn to twirl a baton for her role as well as really understand the young woman in the monologue “Twirler.”
“I started looking online about twirlers and different ways to twirl,” Hasenau said. “I did it while I ate and did homework and stuff.
“My character is a little borderline obsessed,” Hasenau added. “She seems normal at first and then it goes from there. She’s young but she’s suffered a couple hardships.”
Much like “Clear Glass Marbles” and “Twirler,” Sharon Zenz’s monologue “Lamps” takes a look at coping with changes.
“After reading the play, I told Dave I would take any role that was age appropriate,” Zenz said. “But I would have taken any role, they’re such amazing women.”
In “Lamps,” Zenz’s character becomes attached to her material items, specially her lamp collection, instead of people.
“The reason she takes a liking to them now is because her husband passed away, her son is gone and her sister moved away,” Zenz said, adding her character made the decision to push people away but not because they hurt her, she’s afraid to hurt them.
“I think she realizes that pretty soon, she knows she will leave too,” Zenz said. “She is trying to make it easier for them.”
As the 11 cast members recited and emoted their lines Monday, it was evident they were ready to share these monologues with an audience.
“The most wonderful thing about ‘Talking With …’ is the audience is going to see a lot of talented performances,” Zybert said. “The monologues are not interrelated, each woman has a different story.
“It’s like directing 11 different plays, short plays, but 11 different plays,” Zybert added.
Zybert and the actresses said potential audience members need not be put off by the all-female cast.
“I don’t want people to know it is all women and scare them away,” Zenz said. “There is something in here that everyone will relate to.”
“It’s a really great show,” Hasenau said. “It addresses a lot of different hardships but it is also really funny.”
“It is a play with a female cast, but it is for everybody,” Fisher added. “It’s not a chick flick.”
“Talking With …” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The play also runs Saturday, March 25 and 26 at 7: 30 p.m. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday and March 27. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made by calling 284-0789.
The performance will take place at Studio on 4th located at 432 E. Fourth St. in Reno.
“For a completely diverse evening of entertainment, come see ‘Talking With …,’” Zybert said. “Everyone will take something away from it.”