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Best Hat Trick

Erika Rose in Soul Collector at Everyman Theatre

Posted 9/16/2009

Most actors would relish the challenge of creating three distinct people during the course of a single season; Erika Rose did that in a single play. In Everyman Theatre's world debut of David Emerson Toney's Soul Collector, Rose was tasked with playing Claire, a young African-American in 1972 Cleveland who has become the unwitting corporeal host to two restless spirits: Saul Kaufman, a Rat Pack-era, New York talent agent whose verbal shtick and weathered voice is pure Catskills entertainment, and Mimi, a demure Japanese girl who perished at Nagasaki. Although sometimes Rose wore a man' suit or silk kimono that helped clarify who she was at the moment, she gave each character a distinct voice, a recognizable posture, and an entire demeanor that turned these spirits into flesh and blood people.

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