What an amazing first night!
As many times as I've seen In Mother Words, last night I felt I was seeing it for the first time. The play is so funny and touching, and the monologues weave into each other while managing to stand alone as their own contained worlds. The actors were brilliant, absolutely wonderful. Everyone stood up at the end, and I felt so grateful to be part of it. Congratulations to all the incredible playwrights! I am honored to be in your company.
So many high points. Here are two: Beth Henley, whom I've loved and adored since her Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart, one of my favorite plays and films, and the best three sisters since Three Sisters, (as you may know, I have a penchant for three-sisters stories,) told me she loved my monologue. Yikes! That made my night, if it hadn't been made already. (Photo of me, Beth, and Joan Stein.)
I love Beth's monologue, Report on Motherhood--such a true, deep, constantly surprising conversation between a girl and her great-grandmother. I'm proud to have worked with her and so many writers I admire.
Another high point: meeting Jane Kaczmarek right after the play. She is lovely and brilliant, and it was so funny because we hugged right away--an actor and writer do sort of bond without ever seeing each other, because she's living in my words, bringing them to life, and I'm handing her a piece of my heart, waiting to see what she'll do with it. Watching Jane perform My Almost Family I felt breathless and cried because she hit the deepest part of what I was going for--made it seem worth cherishing.
The photo above is of the cast, creators and producers, and director--the shot is white-haze from photographers' flashes. Paparazzi, darling. From left: James Lecesne, Susan Rose Lafer (creator and producer,) Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Lisa Peterson (director,) Joan Stein (creator and producer, my dear friend since she produced Crazy in Love,) Jane Kaczmarek, and Amy Pietz.