Meet the Cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s ‘Laughing Stock’: Part 4: Abigail Ropp

In Part 4 of a series of interviews with the cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Charles Morey’s Laughing Stock, meet Abigail Ropp.

Abigail Ropp
Abigail Ropp

Joel: Where have local audiences seen you on the stage?

Abigail Ropp: At LTA last fall and most recently at Ambassador Theater in DC.

Why did you want to be part of the cast of Laughing Stock at LTA?

I’ve done a lot of dramatic work lately and wanted to get back to comedy, plus I loved my last experience at LTA and wanted to work here again.

Who do you play in the show? How do you relate to this character?

I play Mary, the classic ingenue type. We’ve all been a little bit “Mary” at some point – a little naive, inexperienced, but so enthusiastic and eager to learn anything she can. She’s a little self-centered, but without much of an ego, which I think makes her likable and fun, even when you’re rolling your eyes at her.

What’s the show about from the point of view of your character?

It’s about making it. Meeting professional artists, mentors, friends (lovers?), and the people that are going to shape the rest of your sure-to-be wildly successful career.

Which character is most like you and why?

Mary. Absolutely. We both have a tendency to look on the bright side and aren’t the type to give up easily. We’re focused and good at finding ways to have it all, whatever the obstacles, but I don’t think we’d hurt anyone to get it. And maybe we’re both a little naive and too idealistic sometimes.

What did you perform at your audition? Where were you when you got the call that you had the role?

One of my favorite pieces, History Lesson by David Lindsey Abaire. I got the call on my way to work, waiting for the train to arrive.

What have been some of the challenges you have faced preparing for your role and how has Director Shawn Byers help you through these challenges?

It’s a very physical show, which is so fun, but I’m a very cerebral actor, so while I can think through and visualize every move and decide what’s funny and what’s not in a very intellectual sense, getting my body to project the idea in my head is always one of my actor challenges. Shawn knows how to do that and how to communicate what he needs from me in a very specific way that’s really refreshing and reassuring.

What is your favorite scene that you are not in and why?

I love the scenes with Gordon and Sarah. Their relationship is kind of the heart of the play and I love watching Lars and Melissa navigate their characters’ messy past and how it affects their present – and who knows, maybe their future!

What is your favorite line or lines that your character recites and what is your favorite line that someone else recites in the show?

Oh man. There are some good ones, but I use the phrase “Way skankin’ yucky,” whatever that means, which is hilarious. Daisy has a line about storytelling that is really lovely and sums up what I love about theatre.

What are you doing next on the stage?

Oh jeez. I’ll let you know when I do.

What do you want audiences to take with them after seeing Laughing Stock?

The show is infinitely quotable, so I think they’ll walk out still laughing and quoting lines. We’re all playing very recognizable people – that’s where theatrical character archetypes come from, regular people you know and are or will become – and I think if people can walk out of there feeling like maybe us crazy theatre people aren’t so different after all, I’d feel pretty good about that. But most of all, I want audiences to relax and have a great time.


Laughing Stock plays from September 5-25, 2015 at The Little Theatre of Alexandria – 600 Wolfe Street, in Alexandria, VA. For tickets, call the box office at (703) 683-5778, or purchase them online.


Meet the Cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s ‘Laughing Stock’: Part 1: Will MacLeod.

Meet the Cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s ‘Laughing Stock’: Part 2: Director Shawn G. Byers.

Meet the Cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s ‘Laughing Stock’: Part 3: Tom Flatt.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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