Elizabeth Rose is someone I’ve had the chance to actually meet, drink with and hang out in great locations around Denver like Red Square and other legendary eateries and watering holes. For this interview, I decided to catch up with Elizabeth Rose and see what exactly she is up to these days. Of course, this interview wasn’t an easy sitdown in a nice bar. We were both running around, like normal creatives.

A Cantata for the First Date–or Interview

I was driving to chipotle and she was running errands, like typical moderns, we were talking while doing other things. She’s best known for her multi-year turn In I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, a popular off Broadway show that is still being performed in some form around the world. 

I wanted to know first about what she was doing but then the conversation pretty well spun out control and got into what’s going on around us and how it is affecting art. We both agreed that the world has changed quite a bit since she was walking us through relationships at the Garner Galleria Theater at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. “The world has changed, smartphones changed everything. Video has changed everything.” She said when I asked about theater and acting. She doesn’t do much acting these days. Theater doesn’t interest her much these days. “Theater has become tired and performative.” She said as she sat for her mani-pedi at the salon. “It’s all about big movements, big voices, and big things. Video and TV are smaller subtler and subdued. Theatre lacks a certain amount of intimacy.” She is out of the theater game and now prefers the subtlety of video and film. “Unless it’s a one-woman show or something!” We talked about the differences between stage and film and I talked about an audition for a part I landed a few years ago in 12 Angry Men. “Many stage actors can’t make the transition to video because it’s smaller and more intimate.”

Somehow we got onto the subject of adulthood and what being grown-up means. I started to get a bit existential and stated flatly, “Adulthood is lonely, no one tells you that.” When I said that I thought she might think I was crazy but instead she was agreeable.

“Yeah, you’re with yourself constantly. there are other people around but it’s up to you to be ok with you. There is so much about life that you simply do alone. You sleep alone, maybe next to someone, you’re yourself, at all times and you have to learn how to handle that in a smart way.”

Elizabeth Rose

Is her life is filled with experiences or lessons? She likes lessons, I like experiences. Her story is indicative of someone on the twisted path to success. She worked hard and hit the pinnacle of a career. The endless auditions and doing small shows and doing all the work it takes to become the accomplished professional that we now see before us.

Like so many political science people she is truly an artists. “Once I figured out we weren’t living in any sort of democracy, I gave up on politics and decided to become an actor.” Her parents weren’t happy about the change (neither were mine, it’s a thing). Somehow politics is much like making art and it attracts us. “And I think it sounds better when talking to people than saying you’re studying art or acting or anything like that.” Elizabeth is no exception. She graduated with the degree but much like myself pivoted to art right afterwards. She admits that she would probably be a forever student, always studying and always taking classes. “Maybe life is being a forever student.”

Long Ago and Far Away In a City Called Denver

I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change has been off in Denver for 20 years. It was the biggest thing to hit Denver since gold. Ads aired for that show daily. 8 shows a week didn’t offer much flexibility for other things. “Ugh, that was 20 years ago dude.” Elizabeth had a dismissive tone when I asked about it. But how could I not ask about it?

I had a reflective moment when I asked the question. That was such a huge show for me growing up and as someone who was doing some acting, I always wanted to be them. I always wanted to be her. But then you realize that experience was much longer ago than you realized. 

During the 5 year run of the show her life was defined by work as an actress with her face on the side of the DCPA and performing for hundreds of people a night in one of the most famous shows to ever hit Denver, literally ever. “I had to figure out who I was after that show. But it flowed right into my next chapter.” 

I think she’s the person I most want to be like “when I grow up.” You meet some people and you just experience them and you have this moment when you realize, “Yeah, that’s it, that is who I want to be.” They say never meet your heroes, but talking to Elizabeth reminded me of why I do what do and why I have worked so hard to achieve what I have achieved.

Zen Rose Master

She’s zen about stuff. She’s in a centered place of an accomplished professional. Although, I still hear that hunger in her voice. Artists always struggled with freedom. Like most artists, we never seem to be free enough to express ourselves in all the ways we want to or all the ways we feel we have to. There’s always something constricting. 

The Sweet Tunes

So what’s next for Elizabeth besides more dreamy music videos. She’s hitting the sky! She wants to travel for a year after her last child finishes high school. In that way, we again find ourselves similar. We both share a desire to see more of the world and more things in real time. “I’ve been a mother since I was 21, I’ve been someone’s primary caregiver. Now I don’t have to do that anymore.” 

Now Elizabeth is still in Denver, still doing her thing between her three music projects. It’s all music all the time and she has a truly haunting voice.
She’s thoroughly Denver and is living in a wonderful neighborhood with great people in a lovely historic house where she can sit on the porch and watch the happenings of the city go by from her wicker chair.

She’s one of the best gen Xers I’ve ever met. If you’re looking for a fusion of feminity, punk, and great music I encourage you to check out some videos here and here.

Never meet your heroes, unless you find out that when the hour-long call ends that you still want to be just like them and you find that the 16 year old kid from Denver who looked at her and said, “Yeah, that’s for me.” is still there inside you still trying to be all the things that he thought he could be.

Don’t miss out following her band on Facebook. Their new project S1lencer is out now on Spotify, Apple Music and wherever you get music.