Regina Marie Williams is just like you. She may be one of the Twin Cities strongest stage actors, with one of the state’s top singing voices; she may have an Ivey Award in her closet, but she’s also just a big fan of Pillsbury House Theatre who tries not to miss a performance.
“It’s always powerful and poignant, but it’s also hopeful stuff on stage,” she says. “It just makes me feel very very good to be there. And my whole family usually comes. The performance space at Pillsbury House is so safe and intimate, people feel like they’re onstage with the actors. People feel like they’re in it together. You get all these stories that may be humorous or painful but in the end there is some kind of hope or redemption. And beauty. You can taste it. You can feel it. It’s palpable.”
She can’t wait to get back on the Pillsbury House Theatre stage herself as a member of the road weeps, the well runs dry cast.
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photo of Regina Marie Williams in Pa’s Hat: Liberian Legacy by Cori Thomas at PHT; photo by Michal Daniels, 2010