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June 29, 1990 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-06-29

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lipping through the
morning paper at a ,
local restaurant,
Stacie Passon pauses and
begins reading a review of
Jewish Ensemble Theatre's
latest production Slow
Dance on the Killing
Ground.
Suddenly, she screams
with delight. Not only was
the show given a good re-
view, but the writer praises
Passon's performance as
"Rosie"- the homely, Jewish
girl who must decide what to
do with her unborn child.
Passon, who makes her
professional debut in Slow
Dance, isn't used to reading
reviews about her work be-
cause amateur productions
are rarely critiqued. But
she's not afraid to read re-
views.
"I want it told like it is. In
that way I'm very much like
Rosie," Passon says. "I think
it would affect me if I got a
bad review. But working in
the theater, reviews are part
of life."
Although the JET perfor-
mance marks her first pro-
fessional acting job, Passon,
20, began performing in ju-
nior high school.
"My parents always said
`She's such an actress. Look
at her perform,' " she says.
"Maybe I do have a need for
recognition."
At 15, after two years at
West Bloomfield High
School, Passon decided on a
whim to apply to Interlochen
Arts Academy. She spent the
next two years performing
and meeting students from
different cultures. "That's
where a lot of my life chang-
ed. I had to be good at my
art."
Upon graduation, Passon
entered the University of
Minnesota. She acted in col-

lege productions and con-
sidered majoring in theater,
but picked political science
because she liked the field.
After getting homesick in
her junior year, Passon
transferred to Wayne State
University where she ex-
pects to graduate in
December.
Meanwhile, Passon is
working on her professional
acting career. She began
helping local actress/director
Evelyn Orbach with JET.
But knowing Orbach, who
directs Slow Dance, didn't
help Passon get the role. She
still had to audition.
"I've learned a lot at JET
because there was more pro-
fessionalism," says Passon,
who has only good things to
say about co-stars Roosevelt
T. Johnson and David Fox.
Since the previews a few
weeks ago, Passon knows
she's improving. Even her
parents told her they were
surprised on opening night
to discover all traces of their
daughter had disappeared
under Rosie's gaudy wig and
heavy, dark-framed glasses.
Passon was surprised
when one reviewer didn't
think she was Jewish be-
cause being Jewish is so cen-
tral to her acting. "Almost
every Jew has the potential
to be Woody Allen. It's that
sense of humor."
While being in Detroit
means Passon is close to her
family, she wants to even-
tually continue her theater
work in New York, Chicago
or Minneapolis after she
graduates.
She's confident she will
find the success and the
security she seeks despite
the uncertainties of the ac-
ting profession.
"Life is not to suffer,"
Passon says. "I don't think
there is a need for unhap-
piness. There has got to be as
much joy as there is pain." ❑

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