On Saturday September 24 we held a reading of Dragonslayer, the one woman show that I co-authored with the amazing Judy Sheehan http://www.judysheehan.com/. It was so exciting and HELPFUL! I can’t believe how much work these four talented actresses were able to do in only two rehearsals. Huge thanks to Shannon Altner, Emily Daly, Arielle Hader, and Hannah Tamminen.After the reading there ensued such a lively and helpful discussion with cast, staff and audience that I never wanted it to end. Perhaps most gratifying for me was the participation of members of our creative community - Robert Gonyo, the artistic director of Co-Op Theatre East, the company in residence at Looking Glass this season, and Looking Glass staff members Aliza Shane, Rose Ginsberg and Erica Nilson. Knowing that I have a community to lean on for my creative needs is tremendously important to me!
As they try to fit in well enough to be allowed to spend the night something happens…Mom is mom-napped! But never fear; Calamity Jane is not panicked. She’s ready, willing and eager to embark on a rescue mission. She has quite a lot of convincing to do with the Townies however who are quite happy with their cowering ways.
We also see the other side of the situation. Mom is in the lair of the snakes. They have an interesting discussion (yup, discussion with snakes) regarding what Mom has done wrong (in her life or in Hoopersville is not certain yet) and discover things about snakes that you might not guess just by looking at them.
Notes From Justine 10-4-11