Ashley tells us that she also had Stella-like characters in her family while she was growing up. I had a great-great aunt from Georgia who, in her youth, was an infamous Southern belle, and by the time I knew her, she was the quintessential grande dame defined by Oxford Dictionary as a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability. I think that describes Stella Gordon perfectly!
While powerful onstage, Stella isnt exactly likable. Thats not something that worries Ashley. I love and respect her. Its not my concern whether the audience likes her. My job is to embody her so truthfully that the audience recognizes her in the world and in themselves. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through October 30. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $25 to $80.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 30, 2011