While working on HOLLY DOWN IN HEAVEN by Kara Lee Corthron, we've asked the members of the cast and creative team to share a bit about themselves with the Forum Theatre community. The play takes place in a basement where teenaged Holly surrounds herself with a vast collection of dolls, so in keeping with the theme, some of these questions have to do with the importance of collecting and the idea of separating oneself from the outside world.
Name: Dawn Thomas
Role in HOLLY DOWN IN HEAVEN: Mia
Hometown: Fort Washington, MD
Current town: Columbia, MD
What drew you to pursue your career in the arts?
I always was a kid who would do silly voices and play different characters that I just made up. But...as much as I loved making up songs and practicing my RP by watching and mimicking the characters on Are You Being Served, so much so that when I got to high school my dad said "Why don't you join the drama club....you're always acting around here"....I did join the Drama Club in high school, but I had a passion and love for science and for the longest time wanted to be a doctor. I went to a special program in high school that I had to test into for Science and Technology. It was at college where my path in the sciences ended, and I took a couple theatre classes. After that, I knew what I wanted to do.
Did you have a secret/separate world away from adults, siblings, and/or classmates while growing up? If so, what can you tell us about it?
I actually would get lost in my own world with my Barbies. I loved playing with my Barbies...like, totally loved it. I had a ton of Barbie stuff growing up. At my last count, I had 66 of them. My room was like a little Barbie town, I had three Barbie houses, and each had at LEAST one car. There was also the Barbie camper. I would go up into my room and play for hours with those dolls. My Mom, in an attempt to encourage civility with my younger brother, said that I had to let him join me. But not the way you're thinking.....he would bring his G.I. Joes....which he had a bunch of. There was a point when my Barbie town had G.I. Joe protection and the Joe's were invited to the many Barbie weddings that took place
Do you/did you collect anything? If so, what?
I collected stuff with dragon motifs and images. I read Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider
series when I was about 11 and that's how I became enamored with dragons and dragon imagery. I had a lot of figurines, mostly glass and pewter.
If you could choose three non-living items from your home in event of a natural disaster/apocalypse/derecho, what would you choose and why?
Cell phone most likely, for practical reasons. Oddly enough, my recipe book, I've been compiling recipes for years and they have all these notes on them from tweaks I've made. And....a particular necklace I own. It was a gift from a person who is very special to me.