The quote, taken from my latest directorial escapade, 'Tales from the Trundle', just opened as part of the 7th Annual United Solo Festival at Theatre Row here in New York. Starring and written by the fabulous Francesca Van Horne, the play tells the story of a mother’s survival from abuse & addiction, battling the New York court system, divorce, and struggling to grow into a new life. Through tears, laughter, friendship, romance and sex, we are led on a humorous journey, via Paris and Los Angeles, to the ultimate destination of self-transformation and self-love. I emphasize the humor! This piece, although revealing the dark underbelly of its subject matter, really focuses on the journey of healing.
My friend Medvis Jackson asked a simple question: on modern life, what does the play attempt to answer or to simply raise in the mind of the public and audience members? My answer: 'how do we survive the certain trials and low-spots ahead'? As we trudge through life, we all experience emotional and mental hardship in varying degrees, but do we all have a network to carry and support us, either through personal, community or spiritual relationships? I grow imperfectly through life's ups and downs, and cannot do this thing alone. Believe me, I tried for a long time, but it ended in disaster. I need help. The play is simply a reflection of that need. We are not in this alone, nor do we have to be if we so choose.
We may get an additional performance from the United Solo Festival, it's absolutely not in our hands, but we did ask. And there may also be the possibility of LA, or even Paris. All requests out in the universe! Watch this space.