Meet the Cast of THE WOMEN – Julie Whelan is Crystal!

What is your role in The Women? I play Crystal Allen, one of the more obvious antagonists of the play. She is a lower class woman who uses cunning strategy and sexuality to climb the social ladder.
What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? I have no background in theatre! I’m the newest member of the Walterdale family and The Women is my theatrical debut.
What brought you out for the show? I have a client who is a talented musical theatre actress and she suggested that I give the Walterdale a try. Honestly, I was looking for a new hobby since my children are school aged and I finally have some time for myself. When Catherine sent me the script, I knew immediately that this was a project I wanted to be a part of.
Why do you think audiences should come and see the show? The play is hilarious on the surface but also provokes some serious thought on the obstacles women have overcome since 1936 and the challenges we are still faced with today. People who want a good laugh and some serious food for thought need to come see this play. The cast is also made up entirely of incredibly talented women who bring so much color to the play.
What do you think is the most important issue facing women today (in North America? Globally?)? Why? Access to birth control and safe abortions. This is an obstacle for women worldwide. While we have much better access here in North America vs. many other parts of the globe, we still aren’t free from the judgment, harassment and lack of privacy when it comes to our right to choose. In this political climate it seems we’ve taken two steps back in this category- and that’s frightening!

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