Meet Bethany Hughes – Nurse Susie Monahan in W;t

  1. bethanyWho are you? Hello! I’m Bethany Hughes. I love dance, yoga, peanut butter, creating, and theatre. I work in Marketing and Analytics for CPA Alberta. I support their Professional Development department. I love my job! I feel very blessed to be working with this crew and artistic team. I am also a wife, sister, daughter, friend, fish owner and aunt. Hi Ava!!!!
  2. What is your role in this production? I play Susie Monahan – Primary Nurse. Susie is full of compassion and has a strong sense of the truth, of right and wrong. She is smart, kind, and dedicated to her patients well-being.
  3. What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Psychology and Performing Art. I am the co-founder of a small theatre company in Edmonton – Straight Edge Theatre. This in my first time acting at the Walterdale. I have primarily been involved in the production side of theatre with Walterdale. I staged managed Misanthrope and Proof. I was honoured to be part of play-writing team whose work was selected for the Cradle to Stage Festival in 2012. I am stoked for my next project with Walterdale: Choreographer for Chess this spring.
  4. What brought you out for this production? I first read this play when I was in University. It struck a personal note with me My Mother is a nurse and spent the majority of her career in Pediatric Oncology. I remember several stories and patients and Christmas’s in the hospital with those she was caring for. I remember the feeling of kindness competing with the feeling of death and isolation. I am striving to emulate the example she set in this role, and in my life. I fell in love with these characters, with this journey and, message.
  5. What do you think audiences will take away from this show? John Donne and Vivian tackle the topics forgiveness, mercy, regret, life, death and the struggle of human existence. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, human beings are seeking for love, forgiveness, human connection and hope. In short, I hope we all strive to do a little better, to be a little more kind and compassionate to others in our sphere of influence.
  6. Poetry plays a big role in this play, what is one of your favorite poems, and why? Can you share a few lines from it? I have such an appreciation for the art of poetry. I can openly say that I have an eclectic taste. More recently though, I have found such a love in spoken word poetry. Sarah Kay (Cofounder of Project Voice) wrote “The Type” and I would like to share from that. It spoke to me at a particularly troubling time in my life.

Do not mistake yourself for a guardian
Or a muse, or a promise, or a victim, or a snack
You are a woman, skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat
You are not made of metaphors, not apologies, not excuses … ~ Sarah Kay

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