Ashley Prill (fourth from left) has been in front of the camera with TV8 Summit/Outside TV for eight years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s not “camera shy.” She wanted to perform in the Backstage Theatre’s production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” to scare herself.
“My New Year’s resolution is to push myself to try new things that are outside of my comfort zone,” she said. “Being on stage totally freaks me out!”
She got a jump on her resolution, debuting in “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Jan. 4. She performs Jan. 4-5, and then other women from the community who want to push their boundaries will take Prill’s place.
“Love, Loss and What I Wore” made a huge impact in New York and L.A., and now it’s in Breckenridge, staged every Thursday through Saturday, through Feb. 2.
Five women sit in chairs, taking turns reading from a script based on Ilene Beckerman’s book, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” released in 1995. (Pictured from left in feature photo: Lenore Giardina, Judy Phelan-Hill, Genevieve Price, Prill, and Megan Meek Ramig.)
It’s a fun ride nearly any woman will appreciate, as it presents snippets about the ridiculousness of purses, absurd things moms say, stories about first bras, and other womanly woes.
“The part of ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ that speaks to me the most is the scene about shoes,” Prill said, as she recited a few of her lines and commented on them. “’Birkenstocks symbolized everything I didn”t want to be. They were incredibly uncool, and the girls who wore them had big dirty toes that stuck out the ends. You absolutely could not be friends with a person who wore Birkenstocks.’ When I moved to Breckenridge I had the exact same feeling about Chaco sandals. I thought they were the ugliest shoes on the planet. Growing up in Florida, only the super nerdy kids would wear them — WITH socks. The character in the show eventually has a revelation that Birkenstocks are actually wonderful, and she ends up buying a pair. I also did the exact same thing. I am now the proud owner of a pair of Chaco”s, and as fate would have it, my dog is also named Chaco.”
The set features a 20-foot-by12-foot backdrop collage of local women’s donated clothes. In the lobby, cards reveal the stories of the various pieces of clothing.
Prill’s favorite article of “clothing” doesn’t hang there, because hers acts much like a backdrop for her own use: It’s a quilt made of memorable T-shirts from her college days at University of Florida. After she graduated, her mom had all of her T-shirts sewn together into the quilt.
“It makes me happy every time I look at it, and I use it all the time,” she said.
More on Prill and Breck
Prill “kind of landed in Breckenridge by accident,” she said. After college, her best friend convinced her to put off “real life” for a season and experience the ski bum life. Prill wasn’t familiar with many ski towns, so she left it to her friend to choose — and they ended up in Breck.
Eight years later, Prill’s still here. Her best friend met an Australian guy at ski school during their first season, and now the two are married and are raising their son in Denver.
Prill stays because she loves the variety Breckenridge offers.
“The longer I live here, the more things I find to love about it,” she said. “I love the mountain and how many ways I can play on it — snowboarding, skinning, hiking, mountain biking. I love the town. I love the people who work their butts off just for the opportunity to enjoy living in a place like Breckenridge. It creates an incredible community that I”ve never experienced anywhere else.”
If you happened to miss Prill on stage, catch her on TV8, where she interviews everyone from snowboarding icon Shaun White to local Main Street Outlet owner Steve Lapinsohn.
And, check next week’s blog for a chat with Kim Dykstra-DiLallo, who debuts at the Backstage Jan. 10.
If you want to purchase tickets for “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” call (970) 453-0199. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students 18 and younger (plus a $2 surcharge if you buy them at the theater or by phone). To skip the $2 surcharge, purchase tickets .