A BIG “Thank you!” is in order. After one four-hour rehearsal lead by director Emily Swenson, our creative teamed (R.H Wilhoit, Laura Jacobs, Emmy Panzica Piontek, Amy O’Conner, Nick Uthoff, and Chloe Robbins) staged a reading of my play Wicked Creatures. This version is significantly re-written from previous versions I’ve shared. Wicked Creatures received a staged reading as part of the Harold Clurman Division New Playreading Series at the Stella Adler Studio for Acting in New York, NY last summer, and this draft is an improvement from that.
Wicked Creatures centers around three women in the Victorian era: Sonya Smithson, a cross-dressing scientist, determined to create a the ultimate female contraceptive; Emily Clwearwater, a meek yet moral “angel of the house” who dreams of a normal life with husband and child; and Clara Hollowell, a foul-mouthed fallen woman, determined to raise her status in life.
The readings went better than I ever expected and my new goal for this piece is to get it up on its feet, one way or another! So if you’re looking to produce a period piece with strong female characters that explores gender stereotypes, classicism, and a person’s right to their own body, boy do I have a play for you!
In other news, last night I had the pleasure of dressing up as one of Sterling Witt’s beautiful paintings for his new Explosive exhibit, now on display in Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Jospeh, Missouri. It was my goal to embody this beautiful painting, now named “Emma.” I can honestly say I’ve never had, nor did I ever expect to have, a painting named after me and I am so so beyond grateful for the honor. I was joined by many other beautiful women, each embodying a painting of their own. Visit Sterling’s website for more information.