TIP Spotlight on Tess Degeinstein of DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER!


Name: Tess Degeinstein
Role/Position: Suzette in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

Thousand Islands Playhouse: What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?


Tess Degeinstein: Riding the bike that TIP provided (shout-out to sponsor TICycle!) downhill and towards the water, all shimmering. It’s a bit of a “pinch me please” moment coming into work everyday. 

TIP: You’re stranded on one of the 1000 islands.  Other than food and water, what three items would you take with you?
TD: Books, Bike, Beach Blanket. What more does a gal need ? (I think its clear i would die were this real).

TIP: Do you cook? What is your favourite meal to cook?
TD: I don’t cook so much as throw everything in my fridge in a tupperware. Very into a cottage cheese/swiss chard/sweet potato mulch these days. A few years ago I used to just throw a Toblerone bar on a bowl of Raisin Bran. I’m no good. Playing Suzette is a real stretch in that she’s a Cordon Bleu chef. It’s truly why I love acting- getting to be all things on stage that I am absolutely not in real life. 

TIP: Tell us one truth and one white lie about yourself. We will try to guess which one’s which.
TD: I’m a natural blonde. My hair is currently blonde.

TIP: What led you to working in the theatre?
TD: A community theatre production of Oliver! when I was 7. The kids all came in singing “Food, Glorious Food”, and it legitimately seemed fun to be an orphan. Theatre is magic.

TIP: What’s at the top of your bucket list, theatre or otherwise?
TD: I don’t know about the top, but there were a couple “walking woman” movies last year – Wild, Tracks –  that made me really want to tackle a long “soul-searching” and geographically adventurous walk and get a camel companion to accompany me. 

Don’t miss Tess as the Cordon Bleu chef Suzette in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. Now playing until August 22!

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