Percia had recently moved to L.A. from New York, where she'd been pursuing a career in theatre since college. She'd become a nanny part time to supplement her income, and when the family she worked for decided to move to L.A., she elected to move with them. Eurydice was her first L.A. audition, and she got it through Back Stage.
The competition was fierce; hundreds tried out for the role, and Percia went through three rounds of auditions before she was chosen. She "never felt so good" while auditioning, she says. "Usually I'm a nervous wreck and all over the place, but when I walked into the room, it felt very natural to me."
Director Trevor Biship gives her professionalism high marks. "She walked in and delivered two exceedingly polished and appropriate monologues that really stunned me," he says. He continued to be impressed throughout callbacks: "She was always prepared, she made choices that were exciting, and she really captured the multiple factors that we were looking for in our Eurydice."
A modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the play focuses on the latter -- a woman who dies young -- and her experiences in the afterlife. The role requires "an actor with comedic skills but with a deep emotional center," says Biship, adding that Percia embodies those characteristics perfectly.
As for her future, Percia has high hopes. Her recent move has created new opportunities for her to break into film and television, but she'll always hold a special place in her heart for theatre. "Theatre is where I started and it's what I love," she says, "and I will always want to do it."
Eurydice runs April 10–May 16 at the Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more info, go to Plays 411.
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