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Random Questions: Rebecca Redshaw

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Rebecca Redshaw
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A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Rebecca Redshaw moved to the peninsula in 2001 from Palm Springs, Calif.

She started in the film business but chose to follow her passion of writing and found a writer can live anywhere, hence why she and her wife, who found a job locally, moved north.

Her latest play “Hazel Speaks!,” returns for an encore performance 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the  Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center’s Red Cedar Hall.

Based on Hazel Wolf, an Audubon champion, activist and community leader, and Susan Starbuck’s book “Hazel Wolf: Fighting the Establishment,” Redshaw works with four actresses ages 65-90 reading Wolf’s words on stage.

Admission is free with donations supporting education programs of The Dungeness River Audubon Center and Railroad Bridge Park. For more information, visit www.dungenessrivercenter.org, or call 681-4076.

Read more by Redshaw at www.r2redshaw.blogspot.com.

 

 

Question 5: If you could appear as the main character in any medium, who would you be? And in what?

Redshaw: I’d be Zora Neale Hurston, a Harlem Renaissance writer who wrote “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” I admire her tenacity and talents. She came into this world with nothing and didn’t leave it with much but she made the most of it while she was here.

 

 

Question 9: What is the last thing you read?

Redshaw: I read several books at a time, but the last thing I read was “I the Messenger” by Markus Zusak who wrote “The Book Thief.” I wanted to see what he did next. He actually wrote it before (“The Book Thief”) but it’s a totally different, fun, thought-provoking book.

 

 

Question 19: What is your favorite part of your job today?

Redshaw: I love being a writer — the discipline, the research, observing life and incorporating it into my writing.

 

 

Question 27: If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?

Redshaw: Africa. I’ve been all over the world but never Africa. I’ve always wanted to go and explore the animals and meet the people for two months. I want to breathe the air.

 

 

Question 29: Who is your favorite writer/artist/or musician?

Redshaw: Cleo Laine. She never ceases to amaze me. She’s an English jazz singer with lots of personality. I’ve seen her three times. The first time was when she was very young. The last time was in Seattle in her 80s. She had just broken her leg but it seemed like she was 29. She was brilliant and loved the audience.

 

 

Question 42: What is your first or best memory of Sequim?

Redshaw: When I moved here, I remember the red lights blinking at 9 p.m. on Washington Street and Sequim Avenue. I thought to myself, I’m living in the country.

 

 

In Random Questions, members of the community draw five random questions out of 50 from a bag. For more information, reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

 

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