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Spotlight on ‘It’s Only a Play’ actor Aricka Shuck


It’s Only a Play is coming to Lab Theater, and included in Director Scott Carpenter’s cast for this comedic insider look into the world of theater is Aricka Shuck, who plays the role of Virginia Noyes, a washed-up, rehabbed film actress trying to make a comeback in live theater.

Aricka impressed Lab audiences with her memorable portrayal of vain, coquettish Petronella van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank. But her most chilling role at The Lab was The Woman in Veronica’s Room, a nasty little thriller by Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin that compelled Shuck to plumb the depths of depravity in order to convincingly play the part of a deranged psychopathic serial killer who manipulates the men in her life as willing participants – like a female Charles Manson.

A veteran of the stage, some of Aricka’s favorite roles include Kay in Father of the Bride, Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner, the good witch Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Maddy Monroe in Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Madge in Picnic, Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Libby in Blue Window and Helen in Cripple of Inishmaan. At the Naples Players, she played Dr. Zavalla, ADD waitress and Carolyn in Distracted and Electra in Gypsy.

She completed her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance at Oakland University (where she was nominated for the Irene Ryan award), studied improv at The Second City conservatory and also does voiceovers.

Shuck is also exploring theater from the vantage of playwriting. Three seasons ago, she participated in The Lab’s 24-Hour Playwriting Project, penning a one-act play titled INNdiffernet is a mere matter of hours.

July 20, 2018.


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