We’re thrilled to share with the Playhouse community that we have a new staff member: Rachel Borgo! As our Box Office Associate, Rachel is here to help make your trip to the Playhouse as smooth as possible — from finding free & easy street parking, recommending pre-show dining, and helping you decide which specialty cocktail is most “up your alley.”
We recently sat down with Rachel to hear a little more about her, where she’s from, and the Next Great American Musical she’s writing. Read on for more…
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the small town of Munster in Northwest Indiana, known mostly for being the home of Three Floyd’s Brewery. We like to pretend we’re a suburb of Chicago, but when people stopped buying that, we started calling it “The Region.” It seems less like saying, “Yes, I’m from the land of corn and wheat. How about you?”
Favorite thing about that place?
I have always had access to the arts growing up: the annual Blues, Jazz, and Arts Fair; the Theatre at the Center just down the street; and four school plays to audition for a year. There was no shortage of theater in my childhood, and I owe who I am today to that access.
When you were little, what did you want to do when you grew up?
For a brief stint I was interested in paleontology (because who wasn’t?) but I started calling myself a “writer” by third grade.
Favorite spot in Chicago
I’m new to the city, so there’s plenty of places I have yet to explore/get lost in. As of right now, my favorite spot in Chicago is Windy City Playhouse. I was immediately welcomed by the staff and cast of KING LIZ. I can honestly say I am excited to come to work every day.
Favorite way to spend a day (Netflix and theater are not allowed as answers)
A perfect day for Rachel Borgo would feature her in bed, wearing her writing hoodie while churning out the next great American musical. All fueled by strawberry milkshakes and nachos.
My favorite play is called The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, by Phillip Klapperich and first produced by The House Theatre. When my university produced it, I left callbacks hoping for Wendy, Tinker Bell, or Tiger Lily. I walked into our first rehearsal the next day as the pirate Smee. Role of a lifetime.
I’m not much of a cocktail girl, but if someone’s serving Moscow Mules you bet I’m buying.
You’re stuck on a desert island and can only bring 3 things: 1 edible, 1 piece of entertainment and 1 human or animal ~ what are they?
I’m stuck on an island. (Help!) If I could only bring one edible, it’d be an order of breadsticks from Olive Garden because those are eternal. As for entertainment, I’d bring Kevin Spacey and have him perform a one man rendition of House of Cards from start to finish. And, at the risk of sounding morbid, I’d bring my dead cat, Rosie. But not in a creepy taxidermic way; I’m assuming that she can be magically resurrected in this hypothetical situation.
Lighting round: Ketchup or mustard?
Sweet and sour sauce! Best of both worlds.
Dumbledore or Gandalf?
If we’re talking fictional mentor figures, I’m more of a Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.
East or West?
Wicked Witch of the East. Great shoes. Terrible luck.
Morning or night?
Night. 100% of always.
Mountain or beach?
I’d love to visit the mountains. I’ve never been hiking though, and I imagine no one will want to go with me because I’d probably complain the whole time about being sore.
Passion tea. I’m more of a smell-the-coffee kind of person.
If you could give your 5 year-old self some advice, what would it be?
Dear 5-year-old me: Write down the plot of every fantastical game of make-believe you ever play because 22-year-old you will really beat herself up for not remembering that stuff.
What about your 95 year-old self?
Dear 95-year-old me: It’s time. Hang up your kimono and prepare for the forever nap. Tell them to send your ashes to Earth 2.0 in case you aren’t already there.
Describe the Playhouse in one word.