Backstage presents ‘Dried Flowers’ |

Backstage presents ‘Dried Flowers’

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Summit Daily/ Adrian DiUbaldo

BRECKENRIDGE – You can tell a lot about people just by listening to the message on their answering machines. Whether it’s just “leave your message after the beep” or some detailed explanation of where and how they will spend every minute of their day, there’s a lot of information hidden in their voice mails.”You’ve reached the very cheerful Rosemary. If it’s during the day, I am probably out skiing. If it’s during the evening, I am probably out partying.” Now you’ve never talked to Rosemary Shaw before – the one woman in the Backstage Theatre’s presentation of the one-woman show, “Dried Flowers” – but you already get a pretty good picture from her machine’s greeting.

Last year, the actress performed “Love Letters” at the Silverthorne Pavilion, and this year during her time in the county she will perform the comedy, “Dried Flowers” at the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge, 7.30 p.m. Sunday. Shaw lives nine months out of the year in New York and the other three she’s in Summit County. Written by Maryjane Cruise, the play tells the story of three women … and Shaw plays them all. She also plays around seven other secondary characters and has 17 wardrobe changes, she said.

“I’ve always been a character actress,” Shaw said. “I had never done several characters at the same time before, but I’ve done stand-up comedy … so I know what it’s like to be on stage by myself,” Shaw said.”The play is about three different women who live in the same town and whose lives intersect in a lot of different ways,” explained Chris Willard, artistic director of the Backstage Theatre. “I thought what was interesting was what the story has to say about embracing your life and realizing your potential. It is a solid message to give to the audience.”

Actress Shaw was born in the Niagara Falls area, and her first show business job was as a weather girl in Buffalo, N.Y., she said. During the late ’70s, she hosted a morning show on ABC in San Francisco and during the ’80s she moved to Palm Beach, Fla., where she had a daily call-in radio show, called “Encounters with Rosemary Shaw.” Tickets for Sunday’s play are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased by calling the box office at (970) 453-0199 or online at Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the performance.

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