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Messenger No. 4 – Dramatis Personae – Rachel Wiese

Name: Rachel Wiese

Where are you from originally?
I’m from Arkansas. For the first 10 years of my life, I lived at the Heifer Project International learning and livestock center where volunteers from around the world came from weeks to years to help raise animals that were then shipped to third world countries as gifts that keep on giving (if you feed and water them). Then I moved from the commune to Petit Jean Mountain where my nearest neighbors were miles down the road and the nearest town was 22 miles away. SO, I went to the big city of Memphis for school- theatre and religious studies- and then it was off to New York to act and eat 3 for $1 fruit from street stands for three years. I moved to Austin for a guy.

How long have you been in Austin?
3 ½ years, I’m still with the guy.

Who are some of the folks you’re playing in Messenger No. 4?
“An unimportant Chorus Member”
(per Messenger #4, Will Hollis Snider)
(ED NOTE: She’s also Movement Choreographer, Messenger 23, Iphigenia, Shakespeare.)

What was the very first show you did ever in your entire life?
The role of baby Jesus in a Christmas Pageant, but for real my first play was called “Myths and Men” and although I really wanted to play Persephone because she had a pretty costume, I was cast as the Narrator because of my uncanny ability at a very young age to memorize lots of words regardless of comprehending them. My first line in the play was “This is where the sky gods live, they rule earth from here”. My voice was really high pitched and I was nicknamed Betty Boop from my fifth grade stage debut through graduation. The skill has served me well when I apply it- I once got out of a New Testament final in college by memorizing and publicly reciting 1st and 2nd Timothy.

What is the single most fun thing you’ve ever gotten to do on stage?

What moment on stage do you wish you could go back and erase from history?
Well, it was sort of off-stage. I had a big fight with another actor in a high school production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”, and I put ABC gum in the sandwich he had to eat on stage. It was my ABC gum… I’m not really proud of that, I guess he could of choked or something.

What about Messenger No. 4 are you most excited to be sharing with an audience?
The story is really clever and a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to telling it with this amazing ensemble.