During a recent rehearsal for Love, Loss and What I Wore, director Judith Jesness chuckled at some of the lines delivered by the five actresses on the stage. The words, of course, were familiar to Jesness, but she was responding to the characters. “We have an outstanding cast,” she said later, sitting at a table in Beermann’s Restaurant, one floor beneath the theater. “They’re beginning to really entertain me because the characters are beginning to evolve now and they’re becoming three-dimensional.”
The Lincoln Community Theater originated when Jesness talked with Jean Cross, Art League Executive Director, about the possibility of including theater in the League’s line-up. Cross was enthusiastically supportive.
At first, Jesness was unsure if her audition call for the theater’s debut performance would generate interest. She quickly learned her concerns were unfounded. She said, “We had three little notices in the paper about auditions, and I wondered if anybody would show up. We had 16 women read for five roles, and they were all wonderful! I could have cast them all.”
Judith Jesness knows theater. At an early age, she knew she wanted to act and direct. She said, “Except for brief periods in my early childhood when I wanted to be a nurse or a ballerina, or a firefighter, maybe. I was about 11 when I asked my mother if she’d take me down to the community theater and let me take lessons.” After landing a part in a play, she was hooked. She continued, “I did that all throughout high school and college and then went to Continue Reading