“And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” -Anne Shirley
With her iconic red braids and indomitable spirit, Anne Shirley is one of literature’s most beloved characters. Taking on the challenge of bringing Anne to life onstage in Provision Theater for Young Audience’s world-premiere adaptation of Anne of Green Gables is Chicago actress Mary-Margaret Roberts. Since graduating from Western Illinois University with a MFA in Acting, Roberts has called Chicago home for two-and-a-half years and worked with theaters such as Fox Valley Rep, Emerald City, Metropolis, and the Factory Theatre. We asked Roberts a few questions about her experience with Provision and playing Anne Shirley.
Tell me a little about the character you play in Anne of Green Gables.
“Anne Shirley is one of the most interesting characters I have ever played. Her vocabulary is incredible and her love for the world around her is so infinite. I love how her relationships with everyone in the story grow into something so beautiful and meaningful. You can’t help but love ANNE!!”
Why do you think Anne of Green Gables remains so popular generations after it was published?
“It’s an incredible story! I re-read the book again in preparation for this show, and Lucy Maud Montgomery draws you in through every sentence she composes. Everyone, boy and girl, alike can relate to Anne in someway, whether through her relationships, her crazy antics, her love for those closest to her, or her extreme positivity in all aspects of her life.”