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Holly Hagan is Amanda in Theatre Conspiracy’s ‘Women in Jeopardy’


Women in Jeopardy Promo 02Theatre Conspiracy opens its 2017-2018 season on August 11 with Wendy McLeod’s Women in Jeopardy. It stars Liz Abbott, Stephanie Davis and Karen Goldberg. They play three longtime friends and divorcees in their mid-40s who are discussing the latest gossip: a hygienist went missing near their neighborhood Whole Foods Market. The last person to see the hygienist alive and chief suspect is the dentist, who also happens to be Liz’s boyfriend. Now the trio turn in their wine glasses for spy glasses as they try to solve the crime.

Joining the cast of Women in Jeopardy Holly Hagan, who plays Liz’s buxom but clueless 21-year-old daughter. While Davis, Abbott, Goldberg and Miguel Cintron are unquestionably the glue that holds the show together, Up Closeit’s Hagan and Chance Cintron (no relation to Miguel) as Trenner who provide the biggest, longest and loudest laughs.

Hagan is becoming quite the comedic ingénue. She was gold as the bartender in The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues and as a hotel desk clerk in a one-act play called Bird Flew that was written by Ben Lamoureux for Lab Theater’s 24-Hour Playwriting Challenge in 2015. She was platinum as the mermaid in Deborah Zoe Laufler’s Sirens, which was produced in summer session by Lab Theater in 2015. But she’s upped her game Jeopardy 033yet again in Women in Jeopardy. One of the funniest scenes in the entire show takes place when she mistakenly walks into a pantry thinking it’s a door leading outside, and then, scaring herself, storms across the stage screaming and throwing her arms around like she’s disturbed a hive of Africanized bees.

Holly says she’s crazy stoked to be back at Theatre Conspiracy and she’s had a blast with Wendy McLeod’s hilarious script and Bill Taylor’s mega-talented cast. She certainly deserved the bows and applause the sold-out crowd Jeopardy 030gave her on opening night. But she’s equally excited about another big pay-off, and that’s how much she’s learned from such accomplished veterans as Stephanie Davis, Karen Goldberg and Liz Abbott.

Holly is one of Southwest Florida’s hardest working actors. She just appeared with and Randall Kenneth Jeopardy 036Jones and Rob Green in The Lab’s summer stock blockbuster, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: A Parody of the Horror. Before that she donned a silicon pregnancy belly to play a homeless 17-year-old by the name of Ariel who’s about to deliver any day in The Lab’s production of Zalman Velvel’s 55 and Over. But one of her juiciest roles to date was that of the app-crazed Mary's Kitchen 13enchantress in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Sirens. Sweetly naïve and seemingly oblivious to the sexual innuendo and double entendre ladled into the lines of dialogue given to her in the play, Hagan’s siren was unquestionably a statement role for the [then] 18-year-old actress.

Naïvety was also the order of the day in her role as the beautiful young heiress Olivia in The Lab’s 2015-2016 season ending production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Under Nykkie Rizley’s expert direction, Hagan portrayed the young heiress not as a rich Mary's Kitchen 17noblewoman consumed with propriety and her newfound station in life, but more as an inexperienced woman who suddenly discovers she’s free to explore her sexuality and vent her latent carnal desires for the very first time.

Prior to Twelfth Night, Holly was serving up drinks to the well-lubricated Eight as they gathered in the Red Nose Inn to meet the press over allegations of sexual harassment and impropriety by the legendary he-ain’t-no-saint Mary's Kitchen 19Nick in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Hagan’s other acting credits include Angela in Stage Kiss, Thomasina Coverly in Arcadia, Soupy Sue in Urinetown and Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker. Holly was also a member of the team of actors who performed Ben Lamoureux’s one-act play, Bird Flew, which was both the judges’ and people’s choice in Lab Theater’s 24-Hour Playwriting Project on December 6, 2015.

August 2, 2017.


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