Rumors closed tonight with a bang! We had a wonderful audience of comedy lovers fueling our final performance. I will miss this lovely cast.
It is with great gratitude that I thank the team of Near Life Experiences. We had a great run! The critics are called us "electric" and "compelling" (NoHoArtsDistrict.com), an "energetic collection" with a "wealth of talent" (Tolucan Times) - and I couldn't be more proud of the work we put on stage in such a short time. Special thanks to Susan C. Hunter (producer/playwright), Michael Eiden (producer/director), Jonathan Harrison (associate producer/SM), John Lant (executive producer), and my tremendous co-star in "A Hill Too High" Carla Valentine. The journey of bringing these original one-act plays to the stage in conjunction with Write Act Repertory and the mighty women playwrights of Los Angeles has been one to remember. This production marks my return to Write Act Rep after a five year hiatus, and what a return it has proved to be! I can't wait to get back on stage with this talented group in the future.
Yesterday the lights went out on Raised in Captivity at STAGEStheatre to a full house. This show has been challenging, maddening, exhausting - and highly fulfilling. I am so blessed to work with such talented artists. We were presented with one of the most difficult scripts I have worked on to date, and I believe that every one of us rose to the occasion. I am very proud of this show and the boldness of our work. Raised in Captivity had been emotionally grueling and demanding, but in the end I wouldn't have it any other way. I send thanks to our fearless leader, director Jack Millis, and the brilliant words of our playwright Nicky Silver. What a beautiful experience!
Raised in Captivity has been and continues to be one of the most challenging projects I have ever been a part of for many reasons. First, the playwright delves into serious subject matters with demanding language. Second, the range of emotions is startling. My character is a completely different person by the end of the play. On opening night, I was frankly afraid of taking the audience on this tumultuous journey. I try to practice my craft with a little fear as possible, but this experience required the element of fear and in the same breath demanded bravery. I am so proud of this show and the entire cast for their courageous performances this weekend. Here are just a few things the critics are saying:
"I admire the fearlessness of Silver’s plotting –his willingness to take the characters and the audience way, way out of their comfort zones.... All of the actors are superb. Each of them have tough roles to play, and they rise to the occasion."
–The Orange Curtain Review (read the full article here)
"...Millis and company take moments to focus on the halting attempts at honesty and intimacy these insular, incredibly fucked-up people are yearning for. That gives this very dark and, at times, uncomfortable play moments of deep poignancy, and it makes the play's final image between two hopelessly flawed individuals resonate."
–OC Weekly (read the full article here)
"If the ideal “Captivity” cast exists, Millis has certainly created it."
–The Orange County Register (read the full article here)
There is nothing I will miss more than the fabulous cast and crew of this show. In performance, we just clicked. I am so very proud of our show and the audience appreciation we received during our run. Our closing weekend was oversold. The laughter from the audience filled my heart and soul. Although we were not critically reviewed outside of the local community newspaper, we were well received by our patrons - and that is all that really matter to me. After the final performance, we cleared the space with record speed and I left the theatre without grandeur, but still feeling a great sense of accomplishment. Sometimes the greatest learning experiences come from the humblest of places. Thank you for a magical ride.
We were practically SOLD OUT opening weekend! I am so grateful to work with this talented cast under the direction of Jill Johnson. We are just getting started on our run and I am so excited for every performance to come. Here are what patrons are saying about us on Goldstar.com:
"Great cast! Lots of laughs!" – 5 STARS!
Opening weekend for Murder on the Nile at the Long Beach Playhouse was SOLD OUT! We have also sold 3 private command performances in addition to our regular run. I feel so blessed to be a part of this fabulous production. The turnout has been no less than amazing. Tonight we hosted out champagne gala. It is rewarding to finally have an audience after weeks of rehearsal. Our audiences have been engaged in solving the mystery and the feedback has been very positive thus far. I cannot wait to get back out there next weekend and continue the journey of Jacqueline de Severac.