I have always maintained that I was born to entertain. In fact, when my parents first brought me home after spending some time in an incubator, Mamita discovered my older brothers were real entrepreneurs. She had noticed several neighborhood kids would come every day to see the baby. Having been premature, I was still very tiny so she didn't pay much attention to their curiosity. Until one day when she opened the door to find a freshly showered little boy. He informed Mamita my brother Roberto had sent him to take a shower before he could come in and see me. The little boy also told my mother he had already paid his 25 cents!
Turns out my enterprising brothers were charging the neighborhood kids 25 cents each to let them see their tiny baby sister! Mamita promptly shut down their little business and made them return all the money.
I used to pretend I was annoyed at my brothers for charging admission to see me; the truth is I love that story! I was truly born an entertainer; people have been paying good money to see me, literally since I was born!
I've dreamed of performing ever since I can remember. While other kids played doctor, astronaut and such, I would play the movie star. Throughout my life I have dabbled in the business. When I was little Papito let me sing background for some very famous people back in Mexico. Here in LA, I was part of the KALI Boys, an oldies but goodies (in Spanish) band the on-air personalities and I created to raise funds for nonprofit organizations. While at KMEX I took every chance I could to get myself in front of the camera. With my temple's choir I've performed at the Greek Theater!
But it wasn't until earlier this year that with my husband's encouragement I decided to pursue my true passion with all my energy. Where to begin? Anyone who has ever tried to "make it" in show business will tell you that you need an agent in order to get an agent. Luckily there are a few website you can join and for a fee they will notify you of auditions. Needless to say I submit myself to anything I think I can get.
That's how I ended up at the Next Stage Theater in Hollywood. Chris Berube, the owner, is a very nice man who enjoys giving actors a chance. He hired me to play several characters in "Seven Deadly Sins," a play he wrote and directed. I loved every minute of it!
When I finished my run of "Seven Deadly Sins" Mr. Berube hired me to play the Evil Queen in his play "Happily Whatever After" a hilarious interpretation of the Grimm's brothers most famous fairy tales, complete with their original, gory endings (not apt for children under 13.)
Unknowingly Mr. Berube made one of my dearest dreams come true; I have always been fascinated by witches. That's how my alter ego Bibi the Witch was born, but that's a story for another article. I've always wanted to play the Evil Queen in Snow White and now that's exactly what I'm doing. I am an outstanding Evil Queen, if I may say so!
Aside from playing one of my all time favorite characters, I am grateful to Chris Berube for making it possible for me to meet and make friends with some very amazing people! Neal and I have gotten very close to Beto Ruiz, an extremely talented young actor and "paisano" from Mexico. Beto's interpretation of the Big Bad Wolfe is extraordinary but the real-life role he has taken as my "Godson" is even more awesome! This young man's talent will take him very far, and his madrina will be there cheering him all the way to the top!
We are not the first or last cast of "Happily Whatever After" but I am certain we are the best! I am proud to be working alongside Chris Berube, Stephen Bailey, Jessie Gaston, Andrew Martinez, Nancy Voyu, Victoria Stamm, Katie Skoien, Catherine Batcha, John E. Hope, Justine Griffiths, and Sam Valentine.
"Happily Whatever After" plays on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. at the Next Stage theater in Hollywood: 1523 North La Brea between Hollywood and Sunset. Tickets $20 but if you mention my name, you'll get $5.00 discount.
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J., a regular contributor to LatinoLA, is an author, actress, and public speaker. She and hubby Neal live in Valley Glen with their 6 dogs, 4 cats, 3 birds, 2 frogs, 1 turtle, and 1 friendly raccoon. Author's website Email the author