Boston actress Ramona Lisa Alexander is very busy these days – and she is loving it.
Jules Becker | 10/12/2010, 11:50 a.m.
Last fall, she joined Montana Repertory Theatre in a national tour of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
No matter where she has trained and toured, Alexander has always returned to Boston. Proud of her local “network of support,” she cited “a great relationship now with actors, artists and people who produce.”
That relationship has continued with her work on “Moon.” She gave high marks to veteran performer Richard McElvain (an IRNE Award and Elliot Norton Award winner for acting). Calling him “an actor’s director,” she noted, “He is able to see it (a production) from both worlds.”
Rehearsals proved vivid for her. “We developed many physical actions for Josie (who runs a farm along with her father Phil). Luke Murtha, who plays Josie’s younger brother Mike, she added, relied on “his athleticism” to add a bit of jumping in his stage movement.
As much as Alexander loves playing Josie, she is equally enthusiastic about her first professional opportunity to serve as fight director and choreographer. A student of seasoned actor Robert Walsh (“Titus Andronicus” and “The Sins of the Mother,” among others) at Brandeis, she realized “how much I love it (fight directing and choreography).” In the process, she earned a certificate which enables her to serve as fight captain and “to make sure everybody is safe (on stage).”
Alexander continues a busy 2010-2011 season later this fall as the title heroine in the Enchanted Circle Theater production of “Sojourner’s Truth” at Hibernian Hall (Nov. 19-21) and the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts in Holyoke (Dec. 3-6).
Next Spring she joins Underground Railway Theater artistic director Deborah Wise in the URT co-production with Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University of the Derek Walcott folk parable “Ti-Jean and His Brothers,” a celebration of Haitian art, music and spirit.