|Meredith Levy in her biographical piece "She Made Space" tonight.|
This is about a young woman--and a girl, as she most often appears--who has finally come to completely understand and accept that she is a lesbian. Much of that understanding has come through reading about the lives of major lesbian literary figures, several of whom she quotes.
Director Lauren Brooke Ellis, another Hollins student, directs this piece with a deft hand.
Hollins Theater Department luminary Bob Ross, a former New York director, called the play "utterly magical and enchanting" in the talkback that followed the production and he hit it spot on. I don't know how much courage Meredith had to gin up in order to write and act in this one-woman play about herself, but I suspect it took a lot of understanding of herself and an embrace of who she is to make it all so public. I am a recovering alcoholic and I've written a pretty blunt memoir, so I know the process and it ain't easy, boys and girls.
|The house was nearly packed shortly before showtime.|
The 10-play festival continued in Roanoke tonight at 8 p.m. (you've missed it) and picks up again tomorrow at 11 a.m., 2, 4 and 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m., 2, 4 and 8 p.m. at the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre.
My only regret is that you won't be able to see Meredith's play, but I'm assured there are more gems in the bin.
|Hollins playwright guru Todd Ristau, Director Lauren Ellis and Meredith Levy.|