Alluring Actress Adrienne Jones Moves in Mysterious Ways in Western Reserve Playhouse’s ‘Scotland Road’

It’s no mystery that Adrienne Jones is an alluring actress who is currently lighting up the Northeast Ohio theatre scene. She does, however, play a woman of mystery in her latest stage assignment,

Western Reserve Playhouse’s production of Scotland Road.
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Brian Westerley, the psychological drama is being presented now through Sept. 30, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Western Reserve Playhouse is located at 3326 Everett Road in Bath. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit their website atwww.westernreserveplayhouse.org.

Adrienne is a graduate of DePaul University’s Theatre School. Since returning from Chicago, she has been seen in various venues throughout Northeast Ohio including Coach House Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse. She is making her debut at Western Reserve Playhouse in the haunting production ofScotland Road.

LandOfCleve: Describe yourself in 25 words or less. 

Adrienne: I am an aspiring actress, a dreamer, and a quirky, curious 26-year-old who contemplates the meaning of life far too often.

LandOfCleve: Where were you born, and where did you grow up? 

Adrienne: I was born and grew up in Northeast Ohio.

LandOfCleve: Where do you live now, and where do you work?

Adrienne: I currently live in Hiram, Ohio. I work for a company called Monica Potter Home — which has a skincare and home fragrance line — created and owned by actress Monica Potter, who originally hails from Cleveland.

LandOfCleve: What are your other Northeast Ohio connections? 

Adrienne: Since returning from Chicago, I have been lucky to work with some excellent theatres including Weathervane Playhouse and Coach House Theatre. I hope to establish working relationships all over Northeast Ohio and eventually delve much more into the film industry.

LandOfCleve: How did your background and education prepare you to work as an actor? Adrienne: I studied acting in Chicago at DePaul University’s Theatre School. The strict, focused conservatory experience taught me so much about the business and myself. I knew the reality of choosing this line of work and embraced it.

One of the greatest gifts of my education and being in Chicago was getting to study improv with some amazing teachers. Improv was once the scariest notion to me, but I’ve learned to embrace the unknown. I was lucky enough to follow my passion in school, and I get to use the tools I learned there every day.
Adrienne and Scott Shriner in “Lend Me a Tenor” at Coach House Theatre
LandOfCleve: Tell us about a few of your favorite past theatre and/or film experiences. Adrienne: My first experience with Shakespeare will always be one of my favorites — playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a role I hope to revisit someday. And I always enjoy comedy — a recent favorite was playing Maggie in Coach House Theatre’s Lend Me A Tenor.

LandOfCleve: How did you get involved with Western Reserve Playhouse?

Adrienne: Our director, Brian Westerley, forced me… Only kidding (a little)! I had been wanting to work with Brian for a long time, and this opportunity finally came together at the perfect time.

I feel grateful for this timing — Western Reserve Playhouse’s new Co-Artistic Directors, Brian and Dawn Sniadak Yamokoski, are doing amazing things. It is inspiring to see all of the passion they carry and the improvements they are making on a daily basis.

Adrienne (right) with castmates Harriet DeVeto, Jim Hagan and Rose Gabriele
in a scene from Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Scotland Yard”

LandOfCleve: Tell us about your character and how she fits into the storyline of Scotland Road.

Adrienne: My character is Winifred Coutts. She is discovered on an iceberg and says only one word: “Titanic.” The course of the play follows those attempting to learn her story — some of which she does eventually reveal. She’s a complex creature and brings about the chaos that ties these characters together. I’d say more, but then there’d be no need to come see our show!

LandOfCleve: How have the director, co-stars and creative team collaborated together to bring the play to life?

Adrienne: This entire creative team is a joy to work with. Brian has guided us from the beginning — he is an excellent director and gives his actors the gift of choice; he wants us to find our way in this world, not force a preconceived idea. He brings out the purest honesty in his actors.

Brian also made sure we did our homework, which is essential to this play. We worked with a local Titanic expert, researched on our own and shared our back stories with one another. The strangeness of this play means we must trust each other entirely and trust that we are telling this story the best way we can.

My castmates — Jim Hagan, Rose Gabriele and Harriet DeVeto — are acting veterans, and I learn so much from simply watching each of them. The design team has worked tirelessly to perfect the mood and ambiance of this show. Once all of these forces combine, you really do lose yourself in the story.

LandOfCleve: What can audiences expect when they come see the show?

Adrienne: Hmm… this is the toughest question. I don’t even know what to tell my family and friends — so I just say “Come with an open mind, and be ready to leave with more questions than answers!”

Adrienne Jones (right) with Jim Hagan in “Scotland Road” at Western Reserve Playhouse

LandOfCleve: What are some of your dream roles or types of characters you’d like to play in the future? 

Adrienne: I would love to play Lady M. someday.

LandOfCleve: What advice do you have for aspiring actors and actresses?

Adrienne: Well, I am an aspiring actress myself so I don’t know that I’m qualified to give advice, but the best advice I’ve received and can give in return is: Do the work. Half the battle is being prepared. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!”

LandOfCleve: Anything else you would like to add or promote? 

Adrienne: I’d like to encourage everyone to stay tuned to Western Reserve Playhouse — their entire team is dedicated and passionate, and next year’s season will blow you away!

SHOW DETAILS

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Scotland Road, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Brian Westerly

WHEN: Now through Sept. 30 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH 44286.

HOW: To reserve tickets, please visit their website: www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

Western Reserve Playhouse continues its 2017 season by presenting Scotland Road, a creepy mystery written by Jeffrey Hatcher, which will run now through September 30.

In the last decade of the twentieth century, a beautiful young woman is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. The woman is taken to an isolated spot on the coast of Maine where an expert on the sinking of the liner, a mysterious man named John, has arranged to interrogate her.

In a stark, white room, John, assisted by a skeptical doctor named Halbrech, plays a cat-and-mouse game with the woman. As time runs out, Halbrech tracks down the last living survivor of the disaster, a reclusive old woman named Frances Kittle, who has lived in seclusion for seventy-five years. By the play’s end, one of the characters is dead, all of the character’s identities have been questioned, and John and the woman’s shared secret is revealed as they make one final journey to Scotland Road.

Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley directs this nail-biting mystery. The cast stars talented young actress Adrienne Jones, along with seasoned professionals Jim Hagan and Rose Gabriele. Rounding out the four-person ensemble is award-winning local legend Harriet DeVeto.

Tickets: $13.00 Adults; $11.00 Seniors & Students