Joanna P. Adler
Joanna P. Adler joins "Devious Maids" from New York—where she’s long enjoyed a career onstage and in a wide array of character roles for independent & feature films and TV. An alumna of Williams College with a BA in Theatre & Art, Joanna left her MA pursuits in Performance Studies at NYU to assay the role of Elva (Edmund) in the internationally renowned theater company Mabou Mines’ "LEAR." She continued to work alongside many other celebrated founders of New York’s experimental theatre community—garnering an Obie Award for Distinguished Performance and playing the title role in Richard Foreman’s critically acclaimed "Benita Canova" (Obie Award, Best Play). She gave her Lady Macbeth in the regions, her Pericles on the Lower East Side; and many prominent NY premieres including Paul Rudnick’s beloved "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told." Devoted to the development of new work via the Sundance Institute, The O’Neill Conference, NY Stage & Film etc., she was among the first actors to receive New Dramatists’ Bowden Award. She has played many maids—in works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Genet, Chekhov and Guare... but none more devious than Marc Cherry’s Opal.
Opal has been Nicholas Deering’s trusted maid for many years, and the two share a close, but enigmatic, relationship. Marisol becomes a target for Opal’s disdain as she feels that Nick is not ready to love again. Her secretive demeanor suggests that she has much to hide, especially regarding Dahlia’s suicide.