WHERE ARE THEY NOW

Debra Pollock

Debra Pollock, a proud member of Actors Equity, has performed professionally around the world as a singer and actress.  She was a company member of Les Nickelettes in the early 1980s and performed in multiple productions including Spaced Out a Sci-fi MusicalDidi GlitzAnarchy in High Heels; directed Didi Glitz and the infamous NYC production of Anarchy in High Heels.  She went on to sing professionally in Italy and toured internationally with multiple performers and bands.  Debra last trod the boards with a three plus year stint in Always, Patsy Cline at The Denver Center for the Arts.  Professionally, today, she is a LGBTQ advocate and non-profit executive having worked as the CEO of the Center on Colfax – LGBTQ Colorado; and is currently the Director of Development at the LGBTQ Center of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA.  Debra and her wife Maureen, of 28 years, live in Palm Springs, CA.  

Monika Rothenbuhler

Monika Rothenbuhler continued in theater for another year or two, with her last role at the Magic Theater in San Francisco. She let her union cards lapse after a conversion to Christianity which was instigated, suddenly, by the tragic death of Freaky Ralph. This changed her personal goals and general world view. Married, she has five children. She has spent most of her adult life homeschooling them all through to college. Now a grandmother of several, she prioritizes time with family and doing volunteer charitable and civil work.  She no longer wears platform shoes, and is unperturbed that Valerie got the role of Didi!  A beneficiary of many safe rides home from Denise, she enjoys giving many safe rides home herself in her part-time job as a cab driver.

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards moved to San Francisco in 1980 and was working at the San Francisco Costume bank, where she met Les Nickelettes, and began making costumes for their production of Didi Glitz. She went with the cast to New York City overseeing the set and costumes of their Anarchy in High Heels show. She also served on the board of directors for Les Nickelettes. Throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s Jan was costumer for many theater productions, rock videos, commercials and tv shows, and also studied at Psychic Horizons with many of her fellow Nicks. Jan now lives in Seattle with her husband Bill, where she makes costumes for her granddaughter Grace.

Betsy Newman

Betsy Newman: I Never Had a Plan. My first theater experience was in the 1st or 2nd grade when I was cast as a jack-in-the-box in the school play. I cried because people laughed when I popped out of the box and I wanted to quit. My parents bribed me with a doll and then I got into it and played it for laughs. But the day of the show I developed the mumps and couldn’t go on. Terribly disappointing! In Junior High I was in a play about a purple cow for which I made a purple cow head out of papier-maché. The Melody Ranch picture is from that same era. I’m the fourth from the left. My first Nickelettes show! (OK it was a dance recital, but still…). I fell in love with theater and went on to get a masters degree in it, after which I went to San Francisco and met Stafford Buckley who introduced me to the Nickelettes. Those years were the most fun of my entire life! Anyhow, all these theatrics led me to where I am now, a producer for South Carolina public television – go figure! I won an Emmy in 2018 for a documentary called Charlie’s Place https://video.scetv.org/video/charlies-place-uwaqqt/My most recent project is an online interactive history of Reconstruction based around 360° vignettes (www.reconstruction360.org). Here’s a picture of me and the cast yucking it up.