Articles about Stephanie Gaslin

Getting to Know Mr. Kolpert

As we approach the opening of this production, let’s get to know a bit about the people bringing us this highly anticipated and highly twisted comedy. To start, here is Company Member Stephanie Gaslin who is playing Edith in Mr. Kolpert.

Song you rock out to for getting pumped up?
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

Song you put on when feeling a little blue?
The Beatles – Let It Be

Song guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?
Macklemore – Thrift Shop

Superpower you wish you had?
To stop time in order to get the mundane tasks done and then start it again so that I won’t miss any fun activities or events OR to be able to think myself anywhere in the world and be transported there instantly.

Talent that surprises folks?
I am a singer and unfortunately I tend to keep it to myself. Maybe I should share it sometime.

Funny Third Rail memory?
During dress rehearsal for The Lonesome West we had two pilates balls in the basement of The IFCC, (a blue one that about 9 months later I was sitting on when my water broke and an orange one that was donated to the company). I dared Tim True to hold the orange pilates ball in front of him and I would hold the blue pilates ball in front of me. We then would both run at each other as fast as we could. I made this dare not considering the size difference between us. As our pilates balls crashed into one another I was sent flying into the corner of a cement wall. I hurt my back and had the largest purple bruise for weeks.

Mr. Kolpert runs from February 5 – February 27

Mr. Kolpet First Read

On Tuesday, December 29th, we finally had our first read of Mr. Kolpert! We are extremely excited to finally get into the rehearsal room!

The reading was well attended with a mix of Members, Mentees, and Company Members. Food and beverages were heartily enjoyed as the dramaturgs and designers shared information from each of their perspectives, which was inspiring and gave everyone present excellent framework to embrace the play imaginatively. Whenever we hear a play out loud, we cannot help but begin to imagine how it might translate to the stage. Hearing the thoughts and plans of the designers help us to all imagine the show in the same world as we listen!

Then, after a brief break, the beautiful and passionate cast took to the tables for a read of the play. We were tickled and titillated, and there is clearly great anticipation to see the project come to fruition! Mr. Kolpert has been kicking around the company since before our first production…so it’s only been 10 years in the making. With this team and this script, it promises to be a memorable night!

Mr. Kolpert Cast and Creative Team

You’ve waited long enough! Time to unveil the creative team that will bring you the unique world of Mr. Kolpert!

First, let’s meet the director. You know him, you love him, you’ve seen his masterful work – Mr. Kolpert is being helmed by our own Artistic Director Scott Yarbrough. He will be assisted by a member of this year’s Mentership company, Alan Cline. This is just one of the many ways that our Mentorship company members have an opportunity to both learn and actively contribute to Third Rail!

The Team:
Dialect Coach: Company Member Stephanie Gaslin, who has performed on stage and has coached our dialects countless times.

Lighting Designer:
Company Member Jennifer Lin, who is not only a lighting designer, but also quite recently – a new mother!

Production Manager:
Company Member Kristeen Willis Crosser, who excels at essentially all of the jobs that are needed to make a show happen.

Costume Designer:
Emily Horton, who we are happy to have designing for us again, after numerous shows, such as Static and Noises Off.

Brian Myers and Ellen Walkley, who have each worked on shows over the past couple of seasons, but joyfully join forces to try to untangle the complex Mr. Kolpert.

Props Master:
Charlotte Wallis, who we thankfully met as part of the Stage Crew on The Realistic Joneses and now we’re never letting her go!

Scenic Designer: Larry Larsen, who has designed sets all over town, including Third Rail’s A Bright New Boise.

Stage Manager:
Kelly Cullom, who is a widely experienced Stage Manager and recently directed Theatre Vertigo’s The Drunken City.

The Cast:
Company Member Stephanie Gaslin (Edith), who you may remember as our Dialect Coach from earlier in this blog post. It has been a few years and we are thrilled to have her back on our stage.

Company Member Rolland Walsh (Ralf), who has performed with us many times, most recently in Static and The Night Alive.

Leif Norby
(Bastian), who we welcome back with open arms after his roles with us in The Mystery of Irma Vep and his Drammy-winning turn in Grace.

Kelly Godell
(Sarah), who is becoming a familiar face at Third Rail after her roles in Static and Noises Off.

Chip Sherman (The Pizza Man) who makes his Third Rail debut with Mr. Kolpert!

This is a fantastic team tackling a wild, darkly funny play. We cannot wait to show you their creation!