When I was little, I was obsessed with this mini-series on TV starring Pierce Brosnan as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days based on one of my favorite books by Jules Verne. In part 2 Phileas meets, who I thought was the most beautiful Indian princess, Aouda (played by Julia Nickson). I was in awe. She was so beautiful, so graceful (and was always draped in a silk sari); when watching her I would only dream of being her. It was just a pipe dream.
It's been 25 years since I first saw Aouda and I've watched her countless times since. Somehow even after my transition, I never thought the chance to be her would ever come to fruition. She was graceful and stunning, and I am clumsy and frazzled on my best days. Plus, I'm not getting any younger. I had heard about a popular play by Mark Brown based on Verne's novels that was making its rounds in theatre companies across the country, so naturally I was thrilled to hear that Village Theatre, a professional theatre company in the Seattle area, was planning on producing it for the 14-15 season. I knew I had to get an audition somehow.