The kiss of a stranger awakens the desire and creativity of a middle-aged wife, mother, teacher, and writer; launching her on a journey exploring a life outside conventional marriage, motherhood, and sexual appetite. Her identity fragments as she embarks on a sexual odyssey filled with risk, questioning, and confused boundaries. In wandering, how can she put down roots, find a voice, and craft a new story of herself and those with whom she shares a kinship?
THEATERLAB SHARES and CONVERGENCES THEATRE COLLECTIVE are pleased to announce the return of The Woman Who Was Me, written by Peter Grandbois, performed by Liz Stanton, and directed by Jeremy Williams. The Woman Who Was Me will play a limited engagement Wed, May 24th at 7:00pm through Sun, June 11th at 2:00pm at TheaterLab.
The kiss of a stranger awakens the desire and creativity of a middle-aged wife, mother, teacher, and writer, launching her on a journey exploring a life outside conventional marriage, motherhood, and sexual appetite. Her identity fragments as she embarks on a sexual odyssey filled with risk, questioning, and confused boundaries. In wandering, how can she put down roots, find a voice, and craft a new story of herself and those with whom she shares a kinship?
Act 2 is You! Liz Stanton will be joined by different special guests at each performance of The Woman Who Was Me, to have a conversation with the audience about the many choices women make throughout life, consciously and unconsciously. A host will lead the dialogue between the special guest, Liz, and you. The conversation will be based on themes within the play including: Creativity, Self-love, Motherhood, Identity, Marriage, Sex/Desire/Fulfillment, Wanting more. Special guests will be announced at a later date.
WED May 24th at 7pm
THU May 25th at 7pm
FRI May 26th at 8pm
SAT May 27th at 8pm
THU June 1st at 7pm
FRI June 2nd at 8pm
SAT June 3rd at 8pm
SUN June 4th at 2pm
WED June 7th at 7pm
FRI June 9th at 8pm
SAT June 10th at 8pm
SUN June 11th at 2pm
Peter Grandbois (Playwright) is the author of five books, including: The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program; The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review; Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Awards for 2011; a collection of surreal flash fictions, Domestic Disturbances, a finalist for Book of the Year in ForeWord magazine’s 2013 awards; and the novella collection, Wait Your Turn. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, and New York. He is an associate editor at Boulevard magazine and is currently an Associate Professor at Denison University.
Liz Stanton* (Lanie) is a multifaceted theatre artist. She is a director, actor, singer, sound designer, composer and teacher. She has acted in New York City and regionally. She has toured worldwide with the Bowed Piano Ensemble. She creates award-winning devised theatre pieces and composes music for theatrical soundscores. She has written an opera based on The Bacchae. For a list of credits, please visit www.LizStanton.com
Jeremy Williams (Director) has led the creative process of 50+ new productions of theatre and dance. He recently directed and choreographed PIPPIN and Fiddler on the Roof for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and will be returning to direct West Side Story. This spring he will be directing Joe Menino in the premiere of Murrow with Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in NYC. www.Jeremy-Williams.org.
WT McRae (Scenic Designer) is an actor, teaching artist, director, designer, and art maker. Recently he’s been working with Jeremy and Liz on an acrobatic dance theater piece called Babel. He is also in the studio with Spellbound theater working on a new piece as part of the lab works new play development program. He has also just finished designing You Can’t Take it With You at the Acton Boxborough Community Theater for Proscenium Circus. To learn more visit WTMcRae.com.
Natalie Loveland (Costume Designer) Natalie’s most recent credits include Costume Design for: Fiddler on The Roof (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), The Addams Family (Binghamton Summer Youth Musical Theatre), Up & Away (Lincoln Center), Lucky Chick (NYC Fringe), Live from the Surface of the Moon (Wild Project), Money Lab (HERE), and Macbeth (Lehman College). Natalie has also worked regionally as an Assistant Costume Designer at Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Ohio Light Opera. In addition to design, Natalie has constructed costumes for Off-Broadway productions such as iLuminate and Piece of My Heart: The Bert Burns Story as well as Mark Morris Dance Group’s, Grand Duo. Natalie earned her MFA in Costume Design from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To view more of her work, please visit: www.nataliemarieloveland.com.
Sylvia Brown (Dramaturge) is an Assistant Professor of English at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She teaches and writes about 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature, her specific interests including the origins of the novel, criminal narrative, Jane Austen, Disability Studies, and science fiction. She is currently working on a project exploring epistemology, the emergence of realist narrative, and conjuring in 18th- and 19th-century texts.
Kate Jaworski (Assistant Director) Kate Jaworski recently moved to New York from Boulder, CO. There she was the director, vocal coach and choreographer for L’Amour, Ca Fait Chanter and Le Roi Soleil at the University of Colorado. Kate created, produced and starred in Lucid, a theatrical circus production that debuted at Boulder Arts Week in April 2014, and again at the Boulder Fringe Festival in September 2014. Here in New York, she is teaching voice and piano for Play On Studios, and expanding her career as a director and a performer.
April 7-9, 2016: Performing Arts Center at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado
January 15-19, 2016: CTC’s Winter Performance Suite, NYC
October 26, 2015: Returned to United Solo Theatre Festival, NYC (75 minute version)
November 14, 2014: Encore Performance at United Solo Theatre Festival, NYC (50 minute version)
October 24, 2014: Premier at United Solo Theatre Festival, NYC (50 minute version)
May 2014: Jeremy Williams agrees to direct
April 2014: Invited to perform at United Solo Theater Festival, NYC
November 1, 1013: Table read of As If It’s Real (later to be titled The Woman Who Was Me)
September 2013: Liz Stanton meets Peter Grandbois at a party. She asks to read his plays. She offhandedly asks if he has a play for one woman. He responds, “I’ll send it to you tonight.” He sent the script. She read the script. She fell in love with the text, the story, and the sublime possibilities.