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Token Theatre Friends: INTO THE WOODS With Britney Simpson

The Friends take a road trip to see INTO THE WOODS, in actual nature, and talk to Britney Simpson, the production’s Baker’s Wife.

BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS
Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcast, theatre critics (and theatre besties) Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts.

This week the Friends went on a road trip to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to speak to Britney Simpson, one of the stars of INTO THE WOODS, the company’s first musical. Simpson is among the rare woman of color to play the Baker’s Wife, and she shared her insights on playing the character as a Black woman. She also talked about originating the role of Mopsa in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Head Over Heels, and the path that led her to become an actor.

Download the episode here.

“…having seen INTO THE WOODS outside, in a thunderstorm, where the witch does last midnight when it’s down pouring outside, I’m going to have a hard time watching other productions…”

– Diep Tran, American Theatre senior editor