Member Spotlight: Joan Edelstein
New SHN Member Joan Edelstein of San Leandro enjoys being swept away by the theater. Hear what else she has to say about her life, below.
What was the first Broadway show you saw?
My Fair Lady with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. I saw it with my younger brother when we were children. I most remember the races and Eliza Doolittle shouting “Come on Dover, come on Dover, move your blooming arse!”
What are your top five favorite Broadway shows?
2. Man of La Mancha
3. Jersey Boys
5. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Have you ever performed on stage?
Only in school plays. I was the librarian in the play Dr. Doolittle in the fifth grade and Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore in the sixth grade.
What does theater and/or Broadway mean to you?
An opportunity for pure pleasure. Great cultural entertainment and inspiration.
What is one thing that someone would be surprised to know about you?
I learned to shoot an Uzi and an M-16.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I sew dolls.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Professionally: Completing my doctorate in public health (maternal/child health) and having an awesome career as a nursing academic. Personally: Having my daughter the year after I got my doctorate. I remember looking at her as an infant and thinking this is the most creative thing I’ve ever done.
If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead), who would it be and why? Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She’s had such an interesting life, well ahead of her time. I’d love to hear her tell it, along with her views on women and equality.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Is there anything else that we (and other Broadway fans) should know about you?
My dog, Gabby. We love to do fun things, like taking classes at Canine Circus School and learning the best-ever routines.
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