How They Met… Heather and Sean

Heather Dyas-Fried and Sean Roach atop the Empire State Building, circa 2004.

Heather Dyas-Fried and Sean Roach
Swarthmore

Heather: Although I lived in New York City and Sean lived in Philadelphia, we met in 2004 in my hometown of Bloomsburg, Pa., where we were both cast in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s production of Noises Off.

Sean: Noises Off is a British farce, with lots of physical comedy, and in almost every British farce there is a beautiful young woman running around on stage in lingerie. When Heather walked in and I saw her for the first time I thought, “Yes, please!”

Heather: Yep, I played the dumb blonde in only underwear and high heels. My first impression of Sean during rehearsal was that he was a lazy actor who told bad jokes. My opinion quickly changed though as I realized, in fact, he was a hard worker who had a great sense of humor, and he was always trying to spread cheer. He still makes me laugh… and it’s usually his bad jokes that get the biggest chuckle!

Sean: After rehearsals, Heather and I would often go out for a drink or food with some of the other cast members. It was all very friendly. Each night we would have wonderful conversation as we walked, then Heather would peel off and walk through the picket fence gate, where she was staying. I’d keep walking to where I was staying, and we’d both say “see you tomorrow.” But after 3 or 4 weeks of this, one night she took one step past the opening to that little gate. I stopped right in my tracks and with a big smile on my face I said, “Where are you going?” I knew right then she was mine. I’d been waiting for that one sign that she was interested in me, which she’d done a pretty masterful job of hiding up until that point. A minute later we kissed for the first time.

Heather: One night on stage, Sean came to my rescue. As the comedic chaos builds in the second act, my character runs around with a sheet over her head, like a ghost. That night my heels got tangled in the sheet, I slipped and fell forward, hitting my head on a step. I wasn’t hurt badly, but definitely shaken, and I couldn’t see anything because I was covered with a sheet. The next thing I knew I was lifted up and carried safely off stage… by Sean! Always the improviser and my hero.

We thought it was just a “showmance,” but 12 years and 2 kids later we are still in love. Thanks, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, for introducing us! We have lived in Swarthmore for three years. You’ll see us around town with our kids, Everest (5+1/2) and Opal (almost 2), and black cat, Baby Pop.

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Sean is a member of Comedy Sportz, an improv comedy troupe, and for six years was the host of two national children’s television shows, Noodle and Doodle and The Sunny Side Up Show, which aired on Sprout, NBC, and other networks around the world. Now he has returned to his first form of art — painting — and has a studio in Aston. His website is http://seanroacharts.com. Although Heather hasn’t acted since having kids, she is a founding member, artistic coordinator and casting director of Equalogy, a theatre for social change that tours to colleges in 15 states performing plays about dating violence and acquaintance rape. Heather is also a Kripalu Yoga teacher, specializing in Prenatal and Mom/Baby Yoga. She has been teaching in the area for 10 years.

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