Hello friends and loyal supporters!
Well, fall has come and gone quite quickly in my world. How's it going in yours?
Thanks to everyone who made the drive up to Gloucester to see Doubt this summer; it really turned out to be a wonderful production. More on that, and my current project, below.
On with the announcements!
Public Voyeurism: Running now through November 22, is my latest ridiculously-challenging project, Voyeurs de Venus with Company One. I believe this may be the most difficult role I've ever tackled, and it's been a thrilling and terrifying process to bring this story to the stage.
Here's a quick synopsis:
"Sara is an African-American scholar of pop culture trying to write a book about Saartjie Baartman, better known as the 19th-century sideshow sensation The Hottentot Venus. As the two women's worlds collide, Sara faces a struggle: can she reveal the truth about Saartjie and still write a bestseller? While Sara navigates a treacherous course involving her white husband and her black lover — who is also her publisher — she is forced to confront her own racial identity. Sexy, bold and dangerous, VOYEURS DE VENUS is sure to be one of the season's most piercing dramas."
So, why is it so challenging? Let's see... the play bounces between the 1800s and the 2000s, between fiction and fact, between nightmare and reality, it incorporates dance of just about every style, and it "deals with issues of race, sex, science, art, history, body image, celebrity, marriage and adultery, careerism and altruism" (according to the Chicago Sun Times) — and that's just the first act! No wonder I'm exhausted every night...
Fortunately, this lunacy was all dreamt up and beautifully penned by playwright Lydia Diamond (who wrote the adaptation of The Bluest Eye that swept the country last season), and then strongly and wisely directed by Summer L. Williams. Add in the gorgeous set and costumes, and you're in for a crazy good night of theater.
The show opened last night, and runs through Saturday, November 22. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Tickets are $30-38, with discounts for students and seniors. Plus, if you're feeling extra broke this month:
For tickets and further information, or to see the trailer, check out the show's website.
- you can see the show for $18: Wednesdays are "wild" with all tickets $18
- you can see the show for almost nothing: Sunday, Nov 2, is a pay-what-you-can performance (minimum $6)
- you can see the show for free: Company One needs two ushers per show, and you get to stay and see the show for free (if you want to do this, email me and I'll send you the contact info)
- you can see the show for free and be lazy: I have a limited number of comps available, mostly for the first two weekends. First come, first served, so contact me asap if you're interested.
News & Reviews
No Doubt: I'll leave you with a quick review excerpt that gives you a peek at the overwhelmingly positive response we had to our production of Doubt:
"John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt: A Parable" unfolds with such quiet conviction, it's only when the spell is broken that we realize how hypnotizing it was... the Gloucester Stage Company production sparkles with subtle moments that draw us in to this richly layered drama... Adams brings out unexpected complexity in [her] character... As a mother called in to a meeting with her son's principal, Adams is classy and elegant, even as Mrs. Muller tries to explain another version of truth she and her family must cope with and endure."
Here's hoping I get to do another knockout play with Gloucester Stage sometime soon!
--Terry Byrne in The Boston Globe
That's it for this edition. Thanks for reading and thanks, as always, for your support!