God Save the Queen! (& Best Featured Actress Nom, & Wedding, & Mermaid Down Trailer!)

A lot has happened since my last update! Most notably, I was cast in one of my dream roles (also my first ever title role!): Marie Antoinette in the play Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi! It was the experience of a lifetime to work with director Eric Davis at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida, bringing this buoyant and colorful character to life.  I will remember this production for the rest of my life. What pure fun! (And the reviews were fantastic - read them below!)

 Photo by Steven Le

Photo by Steven Le

 Photo by Steven Le

Photo by Steven Le

The acting is the strongest element in this production, with Megan Therese Rippey a standout as our heroine.
— Talkin Broadway
Compelling Megan Therese Rippey goes all out to make Marie real... an anti-heroine playing at being a queen and even herself.
— Total Theater
Megan Therese Rippey is well cast as Marie, who lands a supple depiction of an alert but uneducated woman whose true nobility shines once she is stripped of her crown.
— Tampa Bay Times
“The acting is top-notch... Rippey is particularly good... This is a daringly unsympathetic performance, and it works well.
— Creative Loafing
[Playwright David Adjmi’s] take on Marie seems to be a girl interrupted, effectively brought to life by star Megan Therese Rippey.
— Creative Pinellas
Amazing performances... as fun as an out of control carousel, with moments that left the audience breathless... Megan Therese Rippey succeeds beautifully as the titular Queen of France and Navarre. We see growth in her, from impudent wife of Louis XVI who cannot get pregnant, to a celebrity clouded in tons of eye-popping gossip, and ultimately to her latter days—as a prisoner who knows the end is near.
— Broadway World

I was also on the TV show Morning Blend again! Click here to watch my interview! 

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And I was on a radio show!  Click here to listen! The talking starts at 10:50, and you can also skip ahead to hear us do the radio play version of a scene Marie Antoinette at 30:25. Maybe one of my smartest sounding answers begins with a question at 33:30. ;) This was so fun, thank you WMNF 88.5 Art In Your Ear! 

Being Marie brought me so much joy and taught me so much about who I am as an actor. I found a renewed sense of confidence in myself and in my work that was really able to shine, and I was given the opportunity work with an incredible creative team that brought the world of Adjmi's play to life. 


I also have some news about the previous production I did at freeFall Theatre, Red Velvet. If you look back at my previous blog post you can see me recount how I agonized over feelings of inadequacy and the "actor's imposter syndrome" as I struggled to learn three new dialects and two scenes in a foreign language. Today I would like to announce that I was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the characters I played in Red Velvet, courtesy of Theatre Tampa Bay. This was my first nomination - ever - and I am thunderstruck with humble gratitude. To have been so riddled with anxiety about this work and then to receive such high praise for what I accomplished is a blessing and truly a surprise. This was a lesson for me to believe in myself, and I am taking it to heart. Thank you, Theatre Tampa Bay!


Oh yeah, and in September I got married! It was a mystical mashup of enchanting Scottish-Irish folklore in the redwoods meets Cowboy-Unicorn Railroad pageantry and I loved every second of it! 

 Photo by Heather Armstrong

Photo by Heather Armstrong

 Photo by Heather Armstrong

Photo by Heather Armstrong

 Photo by Heather Armstrong

Photo by Heather Armstrong

 Photo by Heather Armstrong

Photo by Heather Armstrong


Another piece of news is that after three years of being very, very patient, the trailer for one of my FAVORITE projects was just released! Behold the trailer for the feature film Mermaid Down!!


The final piece of news is that I signed with new Management! I am now managed by Dora Whitaker of Whitaker Entertainment and I am very excited about what 2018 holds... bring it on! 


Thanks for reading! Make sure to follow my Instagram and my Facebook page if you aren't already! And just for fun, here is a super short video I directed of myself doing a classic burlesque striptease! I love playing what I am... :) Cinematography by Karim Meg. Bye! xoxo

Three New Accents in Red Velvet!

Hello! Spring is here! The first half of 2017 has been amazing. I was cast in a play called Red Velvet at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it was a lesson in GROWTH, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and TRIUMPH! When I found out that the three roles that were mine required an RP British accent, a Polish accent, a Yorkshire accent, and a whole scene spoken (convincingly!) in German, I was stunned. My first thoughts were, "They've hired the wrong actor. There is no way I am qualified. They're going to find me out and send me back to California." This is called the Actor's Imposter Syndrome, and it happens to the best of us. That being said, I had no choice to but to buck up and tackle this challenge - and after A LOT of hard work, hours and hours and hours of studying, and no less than four seasons of Downton Abbey, I did it. I'm happy to report that the play was amazing, and I proved to myself that I am capable of way more than I gave myself credit for.

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Here I am promoting the play on the WFLA Daytime TV Show with Jerry and Cyndi in Tampa! The full interview can be watched here. And below is a teaser!

This cast has depth and versatility... Megan Therese Rippey is particularly impressive as a young reporter in the opening and closing scenes, a flighty Othello cast member and Aldridge’s wife.

An unforgettable experience.
— Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay TImes
A first rate production... Megan Therese Rippey turns in admirable work. (But why has the author given Aldridge’s wife, played by Rippey, so little stage time?)
— Creative Loafing Tampa
This is a solid piece work, held together by strong performances throughout the ensemble.
— Tampa Bay TImes

HUSTLIN': Six Short Films and Two Plays in Six Months!

The past six months have been an absolute whirlwind of creativity with old friends, new friends and incredible collaborators! I have completed work on a total of SIX short films, and have opened two world premiere plays, both of which are either still running or have been awarded an extension.

Here are some fun photos from being on set!

 Della & Mae: 1950s style lesbian romance drama

Della & Mae: 1950s style lesbian romance drama

 Queen of the Angels: 1940s heist film noir

Queen of the Angels: 1940s heist film noir

 Wonder: 1950s style experimental surrealist lesbian film erotica

Wonder: 1950s style experimental surrealist lesbian film erotica

 Red Molly: 1870s Western

Red Molly: 1870s Western

 Languish: contemporary lesbian drama

Languish: contemporary lesbian drama

 Jimbo: 1990s heist art film

Jimbo: 1990s heist art film

Each of these films has been an amazing experience, and I can't wait for the chance for them to be seen in festivals!

The plays I have been working on are these: The Dryway: a merfolk opera and Shakespeare's Rose Queen. The Dryway is a one-act piece featuring prose, poetry, American folk music and innovative choreography to tell the mythic story of the mermaid Melusine, who with her two sisters was banished from the ocean and forced to learn how to survive in the world of men. It was written by one of my best friends and is very close to my heart. We premiered it at the Son of Semele Creation Festival in LA, and it was granted an extension in March! The dates and times are Friday March 18th at 8pm, Saturday March 19th at 8pm, and Sunday March 20th at 5pm. Here is a link to buy tickets:  The Dryway Encore! And below is our teaser trailer for your enticement.

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I was thunderstruck. Not only because each actor showed the talent and focus to commit totally to this weird dreamlike world, but they brought each sister to life in such a way the climax—the moment of decision—seemed absolutely inevitable, courageous and tragic and utterly beautiful all at the same time.
— David MacDowell Blue
The Dryway has much to say about the trials of being a woman, and becoming fully human; much also about the way our wounds and limitations can become our gifts and strengths. But all of this runs silent, like the ocean’s currents, below a fast-moving and constantly entertaining surface.
— Theatre Ghost
...winningly performed by the cast of A’Raelle Flynn-Bolden, Megan Rippey and Green... all three performers render evocative and sympathetic merfolk.
— Stage Raw, Lyle Zimskind
An enthralling triptych of the perils of womanhood.
— Aubree Lynn
Each actor plays her part with such deftness and generosity and when those parts come together the result is explosive, rollicking, otherworldly fun that manages to be both traditional and timeless, celebratory yet rebellious, magical yet grounded in the womb. Holy Mother, do yourself a favor and go see this show.
— Gyasi Silas

The second play I am currently working on is Shakespeare's Rose Queen, an adaptation of Henry VI Parts 1-3 and Richard III to tell the complete story of Queen Margaret, using only Shakespeare's original text. The play is adapted and directed by Brian Elerding with the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater in Pasadena, and will have four more performances: Saturday March 5th at 8pm, Sunday March 6th at 7pm, Saturday March 12th at 8pm and Sunday March 13th at 7pm.

This character is, simply put, my dream role. I first discovered Margaret while still a graduate student at CalArts - I fell in love with a monologue of hers from Richard III, when she is an old woman. I figured in the next 20 years I would never get the chance to play such a complicated, fascinating woman. I was wrong. When I saw the audition listing for this role I just about lost my mind! Thankfully, the Ensemble fell in love with me just as I fell in love with them, and so they put me in their play as the lead. It is my first lead in a Shakespeare play, and will likely be my favorite until I die.

For tickets, click the link and use the discount code "friends2016"!  Rose Queen Tickets

 Myself as Queen Margaret with Brian White as Suffolk

Myself as Queen Margaret with Brian White as Suffolk

The piece is a thought-provoking study... painting a fascinating picture of a complex and powerful woman.

As Margaret, Megan Rippey... becomes a study in nuance. Here is a conniving queen who keeps score of the injustices done to her family and deals out her own measure of comeuppance not in the obvious manner but in a uniquely evil and unusual way.
— Shakespeare in LA

Check back soon for more updates! It's been a busy year so far. :)

-Megan

Two Successful Plays Across the Country, Now Back in LA!

I'm back in Los Angeles! Wow, life is crazy. In March I roadtripped across the country with my bunny Otis to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I performed in Broadway-produced playwright Katori Hall's world premiere of her play, Pussy Valley! My character was Get 'Em Gidget, a fierce but lovable poledancer at a strip club in the dirty Mississippi Delta, and the production took place at Mixed Blood Theatre, one of my new favorite theatres of all time. They are not afraid to produce bold, challenging plays and they have a policy where half of the seats at every performance are FREE on a first come, first served basis! It was an honor to work there, and I loved my wonderful cast and director Nataki Garrett with all my heart. To prepare for the role I trained as a poledancer for six months. Now my whole body has changed, and I have some pretty impressive muscles! And meeting Katori Hall and having the opportunity to bring her character to life was a dream. What an experience!

 Rich Ryan Photography

Rich Ryan Photography

 Don Curry Photography

Don Curry Photography

As Gidget, Megan Rippey creates a vivid portrait of a person with few resources other than a bottomless well of hope and her ability to romanticize her life… she also demonstrates the greatest gift for the art of pole dancing.”
“amazed by the grace, the artistry, and the sheer athleticism”
“the incredible strength, focus and control, the choreographed extensions and dips, are what truly impress
— Talkin' Broadway
apart from delivering amazing theatrical performances, all four women also exhibit some phenomenal skill on the pole.
— Minnesota Playlist
extraordinary performances... Jasmine Hughes, Joetta Wright, Megan Rippey and Tatiana Williams deliver with such strength as they execute a battery of pole tricks that it is easy to forget that these are trained actors.
— Star Tribune
a brave quartet of core performers
— Twin Cities Pioneer Press
an absolutely engrossing ride into an alien but familiar world”
“strong company of actors”
“nuanced performances by the main quintet of Pink Pony characters”
— Minneapolis City Pages
funny, sexy, heart-breaking, and devastating, and yes, features some pretty awesome pole-dancing... An epic story… compelling and engaging and hits you right in the gut.
— Cherry and Spoon

Then, the adventures continued! While I was still in Minneapolis I got wind of a play to be produced at a brand new theatre company in Sarasota, Florida, and so I sent in a video audition and I was cast! The theatre company is Urbanite Theatre, and the play was Reborning by Zayd Dohrn (who just so happened to be in the same graduating class from Juilliard as Katori Hall - small world!). The play is about an artist who crafts life-like dolls for a living, sometimes for clients who have lost a child and are seeking a kind of therapy from the doll. The story begins as a quirky sitcom but soon unravels into a chaotic ball of psychodrama. I played the lead, Kelly, and the role stretched me in so many unexpected ways I feel that it is my best dramatic work in a long time. Big thanks to Brendon Fox, the director, for pushing me in new directions. 

 Cliff Roles Photography

Cliff Roles Photography

Megan Rippey, who plays Kelly, hails from Los Angeles. I don’t know what personal connections brought her to Urbanite, but Sarasota theatergoers are lucky to have her. Her performance is nuanced and reveals the many layers of a survivor
— Talkin' Broadway
dynamic and emotionally wide-ranging [performance] by Megan Rippey as Kelly.
— Bradenton Herald
...intriguingly offbeat.”
”...high-pitched psycho-drama..”
”As Kelly, Megan Rippey is volatile, unpredictable...
— Creative Loafing Tampa
Megan Rippey gives us an astonishing intensity as Kelly, whose back story and self-awareness of its implications is as honest as it is tragic.
— Bradenton Times
The actors embodying Dohrn’s well-drawn characters are at the top of their game. Rippey is improbably vivacious as a character who’s shut down her sexuality, humanity and possibilities for human connection... her character whipsaws between full-on psychodrama and emotional shutdown. The truth lies somewhere between the words she screams and the words she doesn’t say. Rippey makes you believe in her self-imprisoned soul.
— Observer Media Group
Rippey’s Kelly [is] wonderfully on-edge...”
”All three actors wonderfully convey their characters realistically despite the potentially gothic situation.
— Total Theater

After the successful run of Reborning, I hit the road back home to LA with my bunny! My boyfriend joined us for the roadtrip and we got engaged in New Orleans, so suffice to say A LOT has happened these past four months!!

I am now working hard with my new manager, Andy Rooney of Midwest Talent, to continue evolving my film career. I missed it I can't wait for what's next! :)