Lisa Young as Motormouth Maybelle in HAIRSPRAY
LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Lisa Young
DOB: August 17 (LEO)
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana (lived in Colorado for 36 years, now resides in Parker)
Education: Southern University at Baton Rouge and Southern University at New Orleans
Day Job: Group Sales Manager at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse Johnstown, CO
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Movie: Color Purple
Musical: Hamilton, Caroline or Change (currently), Memphis, Color Purple, & HAIRSPRAY of COURSE!
Color: Purple, Pink, Gold
Animal: Otter or Elephants
Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Band: Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox, Gregory Porter, Anthony Hamilton,
Song: Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans… Or almost anything by Tamela Mann, India Arie, Cassandra Wilson, Beyoncé & Adele
Beverage: La Croix Coconut flavored Sparkling Water
Pastime: Reading, singing and making people laugh.
THIS OR THAT…
Dogs or cats? DOGGIES
Beer or Mixed Drinks? Mixed VODKA Drinks!!
Cake or Pie? Neither Cookies or Brownies
Sweet or Sour? Sweet
Coke or Pepsi? NO YUCK!
Spicy or Mild? Spicy
Coffee or Tea? Depends on my mood (Self-proclaimed TEA SNOB)
Boxers or Briefs? On me? Boxers on hubby? Briefs
Piercings or Tattoos? Neither ow!
City or Country? COUNTRY
Netflix or Hulu? Depends on what I’m binge watching mostly Netflix
ANSWER ME THIS…
It takes two to…? Build a friendship, or make a baby
You can’t stop the…? World from spinning or Lisa from WINNING! (the beat)
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? Solar Powered Kindle and wifi for a library digital books (stuffed in a ziploc bag…) Nothing Practical…
When life hands you lemons? Juice them and lighten your hair (BLONDE!)
Who is your hero? Mostly Iconic Black Women… Maya Angelou, Eartha Kitt, Winnie Mandela, Lillas White, India Arie, Pam Grier, Oprah, Nina Simone, Queen Latifah, Maxine Waters, Shirley Chisolm, Ntozake Shange, Lynn Nottage, Lorraine Hansberry, Pearl Cleage, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Ava Duvernay, Shonda Rhimes, Josephine Baker… Njeri Jackson, my teacher RIP, Shirley Broadnax, my god mother RIP, My grandmothers RIP, Emma Carter Gice and Sarah Smith my mom, Ida Gice Smith and mother-in-law Flora Young.
What’s your biggest fear? Living a bland life and having regrets…
What inspires you? My family and people who persevere!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? On stage nationally/internationally, directing and running a successful diverse theatre for all people and loving every minute of my life with my “Bear” Mike.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Yes!
FB: @Actress Lisa Young
Why see HAIRSPRAY ? The music, the dancing and singing! But overall the story… the simple tale of loving each other no matter the size, shape, color or ANYTHING! We can achieve harmony when we learn to appreciate each other in our similarities and differences.
HAIRSPRAY is set in 1962 Baltimore Maryland, what can this story teach us today? The optimism that Tracy Turnblad and the Coolest and Nicest kids achieved is still far from being a reality. It is sad that the same fears, phobias and misaligned stereotypes that kept our country apart 55 ago, are still alive all these years later. But I remain hopeful that if we continue to tell these stories and create this art then we will continue to strive for harmony, and unity with each other. It amazes me that after all the sit-ins, marches, protests, and voices crying out for change, how far we are from the dream of the civil rights Era in America. Now, Baltimore is still in an uproar (i.e. Freddie Gray) and the entire country is embroiled in turmoil and strife on every level. Maybe we can learn from seeing how we haven’t come as far as we thought.