A Rose by any other name is still a fine actress

by Rita Charleston
Posted 5/13/21

In “A Body of Water,” presented by Allens Lane Theatre in West Mt. Airy and streaming May 14, 15 and 16, we meet Moss and Avis, an attractive, middle-aged couple who wake up in bed …

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A Rose by any other name is still a fine actress

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In “A Body of Water,” presented by Allens Lane Theatre in West Mt. Airy and streaming May 14, 15 and 16, we meet Moss and Avis, an attractive, middle-aged couple who wake up in bed together in an isolated summer house high above a picturesque body of water. The weather and view are fine. The only problem is this couple awakens every morning — over and over and over again (think of “Groundhog Day”) — without any memory of who or where they are.

When a young woman named Wren arrives, information starts to flood in. But her explanations seem only to make Moss and Avis' world — as well as ours — more terrifying than before.

Written by Lee Blessing and directed by Robert Bauer, “A Body of Water” features Megan Rose as the mysterious Wren.

“This is a fascinating play but one I wasn't familiar with,” said Rose, who asked that her age not be mentioned, “so I got a copy of the play, and it really resonated with me. So I auditioned, got the part I wanted, and the rest is history. I think what's so special about this play is the fact that there are many questions to be answered which are not necessarily answered in the play itself. Rather, the answers come from what you see in the play.

“So someone might see me as a daughter; someone might see me as a lawyer; someone might see me as a home care provider. It really is a kind of existential mystery play which I think speaks volumes about the playwright. What he's done with the whole play is fascinating.”

With her Master of Arts Degree in Theater from Villanova University, Rose is no stranger to Allens Lane or the many other venues that have showcased her work. She has appeared in “Deathtrap” at Allens Lane. Additionally, she's appeared in various film, TV and commercials spots and at the Reading Theatre. In fact, one of her most recent credits was her original song and music video “Scorin' Uglies,” which debuted as part of Reading Theater Project's 5 Minute Fringe Festival.

Born in a small Pennsylvania town named Fleetwood, Rose said she was always interested in art, writing and acting. After high school, she was off to Lindenwood University in Missouri on a full scholarship. Between her undergraduate and graduate work, she lived in California for five years doing film and TV work. Then it was back to Philly and Villanova University for her graduate studies. Familiar with the arts scene in Philly, she decided to stay in the area.

“This s a tough business,” Rose said. “You go about your work, go on as many auditions as possible, and sometimes you get the job and sometimes you don't. But the pandemic has made it even harder on all of us. The world became so much smaller in a way and yet somehow larger. I'm now able to audition for so many more things than I ever was before because I can do them virtually.”

Now living in Reading with her partner and two adorable dogs named Kenny and Chuck, Rose explained that when she's not on stage, she works part-time as a costume assistant at Peoples' Light in Malvern. “And that allows me the time to do what I love doing the most, which is acting. Today I can send my tapes to New York or California. It's all become much easier through the virtual lens now.

“I've also had time to develop my green thumb as a gardener, so I have a huge garden going where I'm able to grow vegetables to donate to a local food shelter. I have to do things to keep myself busy. When the pandemic first started, I wasn't doing enough to keep myself busy. Now I've found things that make me happy, just in case I never work again,” she laughs. “But performing is what I love the most. And having someone trust me enough to bring the work to life, as well as bringing that to others, is my greatest joy.”

Allens Lane is located at 601 West Allens Lane. For more information: 215-248-0546 or allenslane.org

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