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Cynthia Esparza

 What is YOUR theater origin story?

I actually didn't get into acting/knew it was what I wanted to do until college. I went to community college to figure out what I wanted to do and ended up finding theatre. My first role was Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. From there I transferred to UIC where I received my BFA in Acting and I also graduated from The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting.


Where else have you performed and what are some of your favorite roles?

I have performed with Rivendell Theatre, Imposter's Theatre, Goodly Creatures and of course Parker Players. I played Saint Monica in my college's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and that was a blast but Constanze is definitely making a beeline for that top spot!


Do you work primarily as a performer or do you have a ‘day job’?

I work as the Student Affairs Coordinator at Black Box Acting and on the weekends if I am not on stage I am slinging cocktails and serving up deep dish at Georgio's Pizzeria and Pub. 


What do you list at the bottom of your resume as your ‘additional skills’?

 Some of my favorite additional skills I put on my resume is Juggling and making a killer Cosmo Martini.


 What drew you to auditioning for this production?

I didn't originally know too much about the play itself but I had such a great experience with Parker Players and Jenilee before that I knew it was gonna be a good time. 


Tell us about who you play in Amadeus.

I play Constanze. She is Mozart's wife, but I think the best way to describe her is a living thunder storm.


Biggest challenge in playing this role?

There is a duality to Constanze and I am finding it challenging and a lot of fun discovering and living gracefully in each side of her coin.

What sort of person is going to love this show? 

I think anyone who is down for a good time is going to love this show.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?

My mom better see this show. Stephanie, if you are reading this buy a gosh darn ticket! 


What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?

They're probably going to be thinking about getting tickets to the next show.


Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?

"Ah. Well - there it is."

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?

There is this line from A Sense of Direction by William Ball and in reference to the actor it is, "I am anything. I am everything. I am all. I am universe." It is the last thing I tell myself before entering any audition room, starting any rehearsal and stepping out on any stage.

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