Julie Generes has directed many shows at Slidell Little Theatre, her
favorites include Evita, The Producers, and The Complete Works
of Shakespeare (Abridged). She also recently directed The Beauty Queen
of Leenane at COPA in Covington.
Other past work includes directing and
producing Beautiful Bastards in New Orleans and elsewhere, co-producing
the first season of The Red Light District Variety Show at Le Chat Noir,
managing La Nuit Theater, being Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
producing the southern premier of Pterodactyls, and goofing off with
actor friends as Mrs. Markham in Move Over Mrs. Markham, and then more
goofing off with friends in Rocky Horror as Dr. Frank.
Q: What was your earliest involvement in theatre?
GENERES: I was in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in grammar school. I
played a tree and stood still for a long time.
Q: What attracted you to theatre to begin with?
GENERES: The really great pay. Actually, I always
loved to write, and theatre is just another way to tell stories.
Q: What is it about theatre that holds your interest today?
GENERES: While I love to be on the stage telling a
story, I love directing even more. There is nothing like watching something
unfold from a read through at the beginning (which is always awful) to its
becoming a real play as actors delve into their characters, the set goes up,
the magic of the lights and sound enter in- it is truly magical.
Q: What are five plays that you’ll never forget and why?
Lieutenant of Inishmore-
exploding cats. What more could you want?
Streetcar Named Desire- My sister and I both played Blanche. She was
Ado About Nothing-
I met my fabulous husband.
4.Baal-It was positively awful.
5.Pterodactyls- In addition to it being a southern
premiere, I built a giant T-Rex in my kitchen. Great conversation piece
that made dinnertime super special for a while.
Q: What play do you think people should see, but probably haven’t?
GENERES: The Lieutenant of Inishmore- six gallons of blood, body parts being sawed off, exploding cats,
torture, Irish accents, murder- and yet it is a comedy. I never laughed so hard
in my life, and have loved Martin McDonagh ever since. I even got to direct his
show "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" and enjoyed it thoroughly as well.
What was the oddest play you ever saw, directed or starred in?
GENERES: I cannot believe I am going to reveal
this- but I did Deathtrap at Playmakers and played the psychic. The
director cast two people to play one of the male roles (for reasons only known
to him) and the first actor did Act 1 and the second actor played the part in
Act 2. He made sure the audience knew they were the same character by pinning a
big rubber pumpkin to each actor's belt, which had nothing to do with the play.
I am not making this up. It was insane.
What was the best advice you ever received about acting?
GENERES: "Act better."
When did you first know you wanted to become an actor?
GENERES: I'm not sure if I've decided I want to be
What was the first show you ever directed?
GENERES: I honestly don't remember the name. It
was something about Sherlock Holmes.
Name your top three roles as an actor and tell us why.
Cat- I love her, and I love Tennessee Williams. He wrote some wonderful roles
for women and to get to speak what amounts to poetry is lovely.
Frankenfurter- I loved Tim Curry in the movie and have so much fun doing that
Markham- I like British accents. And I got to have fun with some awesome
What role would you love to play that you haven't yet?
GENERES: Eleanor of Aquitane. Really the answer is
Hamlet, but I am not a big fan of the girls-playing-guy-roles thing as a
choice. But he's awesome and has a sword.
What is the scariest part of an audition?
GENERES: All of it. It makes me nicer to actors
when I am in the director's chair though. I know how they feel.
What is the strangest thing a role required you to do?
GENERES: I had to be a half man/half woman in a
play written by Gary Mendoza. I actually had a great time with that, but I'd
say it was strange. Only for you, Gary. Only for you.