Something about Her

By Robert Pickett

I first met Hester Schell working on Entertaining Mr. Sloan by Joe Orton. Hester brilliantly played my sister, and we had a blast. She came to the University of Utah for the graduate directing program in the theatre department in the late 1980s. We would embark on a lifelong friendship that would find us supporting, encouraging, auditioning, acting, directing, producing, teaching, touring, and, for a short time, living together, over the next 20 years.

We have worked together on many productions and have taught classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for film directors and actors. We have sorted headshots and resumés, sat through auditions and interviews, hired crews and scouted locations. Through it all, ...

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