From the time I was born, the CBS Soap Operas have been part of my life. My grandmother watched faithfully, a trait passed along to my mother. While I still check in from time to time on Y&R and B&B, my favorite memories are of rushing home after school to see the last half of As The World Turns followed by Guiding Light. Both shows were full of characters that kept me transfixed while learning about subjects I shouldn’t in elementary school, to navigating the awkward teen years. One of my favorite characters was “Barbara Ryan” from As The World Turns.
Barbara was played by the fantastic Colleen Zenk. She was always sassy, sometimes vulnerable, manipulative, and from time to time genuinely nice (thanks, Hal). A quick search on Wikipedia sums her character up best:
Barbara Ryan is portrayed as a heroine who experienced many tragedies, mostly at the hands of her controlling ex-husband, the villainous “James Stenbeck” .
Over her 32 years on the show, Barbara has been shot through the heart, nearly gored by a bull in Spain, kidnapped 15 times, married nine times, burned in a chemical explosion and jumped out of a three-story window.
Beginning on January 22 and running through February 8, Colleen Zenk, along with Corbin Bleu and Randy Brooks will be starring in Family Shots for The Human Race Theatre Company. The description from the Human Race Theatre’s website gives some insight to what the play is about:
Charming family patriarch Sam Baker lies in a hospital bed, recovering from an apparent heart attack, but his wife, Marsha, won’t stop making the crisis all about her—much to the dismay of their son, Aaron. The young photographer wonders why his parents even stay together while he and his husband, Malcolm, deal with their own issues as newlyweds. Intimate, yet universal, Michael Slade’s latest play is a wildly funny and touching comedy about marriage—its joys, challenges and responsibilities—and what’s worth fighting for.
I see some similarities in Colleen Zenk’s character, Marsha, and the one she’s best known for, Barbara Ryan, so I had to ask myself…
What Would Barbara Ryan Do In Dayton?
Full disclosure: I am obsessed with the smokey eye. Fortunately, as an adult, I have perfected it, but that hasn’t always been the case. Inspired by Babs, the queen of eyeliner, there was “The Barbara Incident of Fourth Grade”. I can trace my makeup obsession to this day, as a child, trying to emulate a soap opera character. Hey, there’s no shame in my game. Naturally, Barbara would need to look fabulous, so I can only imagine that she would begin with a treasure trove of goodies from Preen Apothecary. Once nestled in Oakwood, they have now moved to a special new place near Carrillon Park. I am excited to check out their new digs, and of course, stock up on eyeliner and mascara.
Having been married MULTIPLE times, one can guess that Barbara spends a LOT of time with her attorneys. Seeing as how there is a large concentration of lawyers near the court buildings, she’d naturally be downtown quite a bit, right? Depositions would require a caffeine boost from Boston Stoker across from the Schuster Center and she may take a lunch break at Citilites.
After a long day of trying to be un-married again from her psycho husband James, she would be in desperate need of a drink. The obvious choice would be to head to Salar for one of their hand crafted cocktails, before meeting girlfriends (she actually did have a couple friends) at the Oakwood Club.
Barbara would naturally be drawn to the vibrant arts district we have downtown, so it’s only logical to think that she’d end her busy day by taking in a play. Perhaps at the Human Race Theatre Company? Obviously. We want you to be able to join the fun, so make sure you read below for our ticket giveaway!
This has been a fun and wordy way to let you know I’m excited to check out Family Shots and see Colleen Zenk bring her famous sass to her character, Marsha. This is sure to be a great run, and one you won’t want to miss! By the way, I should probably mention that Corbin Bleu of High School Musical fame also has a starring role. That’s right, “Chad Danforth” right here in Dayton. Let the fangirling commence.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Family Shots, just fill out the form below and tell us in the comments below where you’d take Barbara Ryan if you were going to show her around Dayton. We’ll post our winner here on the evening of Thursday, Jan 14th. [form 55 “DMM Contest Entry – Generic”]