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October 8, 2009

Priya Paranthaman, Ruth in Blithe Spirit

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 1:20 pm

Q:  Priya, many times actors play roles that are very much different from who they are in real life.  How did you relate to Ruth?

A:  I can definitely say we are different.  Ruth is a refined, classy, well-bred woman.  I’m a country girl from Virginia.  Ruth is also from an era where women dressed up every night for dinner.  I get my dinner from the drive-thru at Wendy’s.  The one thing that I like about her though is she is the only character that has a legitimate reason for being upset in this play.  I feel the rest of the characters are rather selfish and manipulative at times.  Ruth is actually very sweet and innocent.  She just happens to get the short end of the stick in this play. 

I’ve enjoyed playing Ruth.  This role has definitely been a growing experience for me as an actor, and I’m so thankful that I got this opportunity to explore a character that is so different from myself.


(Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actors Justin Tyler Lewis as Charles and Priya Paranthaman as Ruth)



(Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Priya Paranthaman as Ruth and veteran actress Susie Hallatt as Madame Arcati)


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