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Theater provides a refuge and respite for actor Bianca Horn
Latest role in ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’
 
Published Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:44 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

JEREMY DANIEL
Theater became an avenue of survival for Bianca Horn, who used the stage to learn English as an immigrant from Haiti. Horn stars in “The Play That Goes Wrong” through Dec. 1 at Knight Theater.

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Theater became a means of survival for Bianca Horn.


She moved to Miami from Port-au-Prince, Haiti as a child without speaking English. The stage offered a way for her to learn the language.

“I started doing theater, because I couldn’t speak English, and my family was like, ‘we need to help this girl out,’” Horn said. “I started doing oratory competitions.”

She would go on to study acting at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

“My once upon a time moment is more like a collection of moments,” Horn said.

While she calls New York home, Horn is currently on tour in Charlotte, where she plays Annie in “The Play That Goes Wrong,” which runs through Dec. 1 at Knight Theater. Annie is the stage manager in the show. The story follows a company of actors who are putting on a play called “The Murder at Haversham Manor.”

“They build you into the world,” Horn said. “They build the laughter in the writing and the physical comedy. It starts as a chuckle, with something being slightly amusing to two hours later you might be crying because it is so ridiculous. They don’t ask you within the first 10 seconds to jump into it. They slowly nurse you into the world of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong.’”

Horn has performed in numerous productions, but one of her favorites remains “Sister Act,” in which she played the lead Deloris with Fireside Theater.

“I could probably have done that show for another year,” Horn said. “It’s such a fun show. That character is just bold and loud, but also has the biggest heart. I was in a really great company. The cast was so talented. I have a handful of shows that are like, ‘it’s my favorite show! I’ll do it again,’ but that is definitely top five.”

Horn likens the experience of being on stage to the film “Sister Act,” where something inside her just had to perform.

“It is like something inside of you just won’t let the thing go,” she said. “With every performance that I saw, I was inspired. With every actress or actor who has mentored me along the way, it has fueled my fire. Every time you see an audience member laugh or cry or connect with their humanity, because of what you are doing, it is a constant reassurance that I am doing exactly what I should be doing.”

For more information about “The Play That Goes Wrong”:

www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/the-play-that-goes-wrong

For more information about Horn: http://biancahorn.com

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