PLAYBILL EXCLUSIVE: Who's Who? Edwin Drood Troupers Share Bios of Their Alter-Ego Show Folk

By Playbill Staff
20 Dec 2012

Betsy Wolfe as Deirdre Peregrine
Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Deirdre Peregrine (Betsy Wolfe)
The youngest daughter of two chemists, Deirdre Peregrine quickly discovered, due to her family's constant urging, she did not possess the requisite mental capabilities to follow in their footsteps.
Exhausted by her constant need for compliments and attention, her parents made her bid farewell to her 10 siblings and sent her to boarding school. After bewitching the boys, occasional girls, and
several teachers, she was asked to leave. Sitting at the train station, feeling trapped and alone, she shed a tear just as the infamous magician Hendrick Von Strassenburg IV spotted her. Having recently lost his assistant in a botched mirror trick and seeing her beauty and flair for the dramatic, he immediately invited her to join his traveling show. After spending two years on his European tour, Deirdre felt it was time to transition to the legitimate stage. At the Music Hall Royale Deirdre shot to instant fame and fortune when in the same season, she dared to take on Nina in The Seagull, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Silvius in As You Like It, Jocasta in Oedipus and perhaps most notably, her one woman interpretation of Julius Caesar. By all accounts, the murder scene was unlike anything seen before or since.

(The above poster/photo illustrations line the lobby of Studio 54, where Rupert Holmes' musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood is now playing.)