Exiting the stage after the penultimate show, April 9th, I began to cry. It suddenly struck me, there was just one more performance left, only one more chance to bring this role and this story to life. Next day, on our Sunday matinee, April 10, 2016 I took final bows as Ondi Rivers, my first stage role as a trans woman.
The final half of our "Raggedy And" run felt very solid. Audiences continued to be small but very responsive, so we were landing our humor and drama effectively. Personally, it was a blessing to have so many friends, old and new, come see my stage work -- many for the very first time.
I'm not sure I'd felt this close to a role before. In fact its probably true that I'd not been ever this invested in my work, technically or emotionally. Ondi Rivers was a wonderful character, a remarkable gateway to my future female career. I truly miss her.
Publicity photos, Raggedy And
My notices for "Raggedy And"
... Delia Kropp bravely reflects her reality in a honest presentation of the foibles of being ‘transgender.’
- Tom Williams, for Chicago Theatre Critic
The stakes don't get much higher than a press release, but Delia Kropp is warm as a mother navigating truly uncharted family territory.
- Dan Jakes, for Chicago Reader
Delia Kropp is the strongest actor onstage, portraying Ondi with honesty and heart.
- Jessie Bond, for Splash Magazines
Kropp and Ortiz come out the best with well-rounded characterizations.
- Scott C. Morgan, for Windy City Times
... Ondi (Delia Kropp), a trans poet and professor, slips into her role with absolute grace. Kropp’s elegance lends fortitude to her role, bringing deep inner strength to her intimate scenes.
-Jose Luis Benavides for Chicago Theatre Guide.
Behind the scenes of "Raggedy And"