Pride & Prejudice
Robby Award Nominee for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
An Interview for THE DIVINERS: SPOTLIGHT On IVY BEECH
IVY BEECH portrays Jennie Mae Layman in THE DIVINERS by Jim Leonard, Jr. which opens this Friday October 17 at Actors Co-op.
Has playing this role been challenging in any way for you?
This role has been challenging because a lot of my character's struggle is extremely internal & has been internalized in order to keep things going. Jennie Mae is Buddy's sister & has had to act as a mother since her mother drowned in the water. She was forced to grow up at a very young age and struggles with finding time to develop friendships with people her age and especially struggles when interacting with boys (with the absence of her mother and motherly advice). All of this is bubbling under the surface and not given voice to in the play, except in very minor spurts & spats. It has been a challenge to find where those moments happen and how much Jennie Mae reveals--because her way to get through it all is to keep it in and be strong for her family. This role has been challenging to me also because we had to learn a very specific southern Indiana dialect (with the exception of the character CC Showers, because he is from Kentucky). The dialect is similar to a southern accent, though some vowel changes are drastically different which was extremely confusing and jarring to learn when we first started out!
"When the reality comes crashing down on Wendla, the innocent humor of the stork is replaced by a tragedy that is powerfully staged, with Ivy Beech giving a very strong performance from the curious girl embracing and hungry for life, to the shocked and broken young woman who could never have foreseen the turn of events that threaten to shatter her."
Rob Hopper, National Youth Theater
*Nominated Best Lead Actress in a Drama, National Youth Theater Awards
THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE
"The format of the script is mostly journalistic in style, but that doesn’t prevent some powerful, emotional moments. Mary Anne Whites’s (Ivy Beech) genuine regret, still so haunted by the moment her husband told her of his actions that she can scarcely face it." - Rob Hopper, National Youth Theater
*Nominated Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, National Youth Theater Awards
Twin Cities Live Interview for Pride & Prejudice at The Guthrie:
Broadwayworld: Actors Co-op to stage PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Broadwayworld: Actors Co-op to stage THE DIVINERS
Hollywood Billboard: "The Diviners" to Open at Actors Co-op in Los Angeles
Broadwayworld: Erin Krakow, Ivy Beech and More Join the Guthrie's Pride & Prejudice
National Youth Theater Review of Ivy in "Spring's Awakening"