Haely Jardas is preparing to play the role of Catherine in Blind Pug Arts Collective’s production of TAME. at Capital Fringe. Haely graduated from American University with two BA degrees in Theatre and Broadcast Journalism. While at AU she performed in a wide variety of roles ranging from Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls to Jan/Jon in Ubu Rex to the Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy. Other AU production credits include Nine, Dr. Faustus and Romeo and Juliet. In 2013 she found herself in NY performing at NYMF with the Dizzie Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue production of The Brontes. Locally Haely has been seen at Adventure Theatre MTC in Five Little Monkeys and 12 Days of Christmas. I have now seen Haely three times. Twice at AU in Nine and Guys and Dolls and at Capital Fringe two years ago in one of the more unique productions I’ve seen there called Stone Age Recreation. In all three of those instances I enjoyed Haely’s performances. The nice thing about Capital Fringe is you get to see a lot of talent that might end up on DC stages throughout the year. As you can see Haely is starting to do just that. Just like Shayna Blass, Adi Stein and other AU grads, Haely will be delighting audiences all over the DC area soon in some of our biggest theatres. For a look at this up-and-coming star talent, check out TAME. at Capital Fringe at various times during the month of July.
At what age did you know you were going to be a performer?
For a while when I was a kid I wanted to be the artist that made the animals on a carousel. When I realized that wasn’t a very lucrative field I turned to performing.
Can you please tell us a little bit about your Capital Fringe show TAME. and also something about your character?
TAME. is inspired by Taming of the Shrew, and takes place in Louisiana during the early 60s. My character, Catherine, has just come home after being kicked out of school at Smith in Massachusetts. I don’t know what else I can tell you without spoiling too much, but I can tell you that it’s not a bawdy comedy and it’s not a love story. Catherine is incredibly impulsive, which is a lot of fun in the rehearsal room. Her demeanor is especially interesting considering the time period, when “difficult” women were dealt with in a number of ways.
You are a graduate of AU’s theatre program. How did AU help you prepare for your professional career?
American’s program made it very easy for me to study multiple subjects. Many of the theatre majors were double majors or dual degrees, my second love is communications and journalism. The combination has prepared me for a lot of the work that I do with Lean & Hungry Theatre as their Communications Officer.
Can you please pick a few roles from your years at AU that you consider to be your favorite?
I have a few favorites, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and The Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy make the top of the list. I love that the two of them are almost opposites when you take a first glance, one is a bouncy club performer chasing her ideas of romance and the other is both the scum and royalty of the streets that sexually assaults a small boy. But they were both people who never held anything back, they acted on each emotion and you KNEW when they entered a room.
Do you have any upcoming productions after TAME.?
Why? You know someone looking for a tall redhead?