Thursday, June 12, 2008

Opening Night! Playwrights Platform Festival, Series A

June Lewin as Marion and Jackie Davis as Evelyn in G.L. Horton's Best Practice
Hooray!  My play is up and running, and I couldn't be more pleased with the way it turned out!

Here's the bios insert from the Platform Program: 
BEST PRACTICE      by G. L. Horton
JUNE LEWIN (Marion)  has worked in Boston area theatre as an actor and director since 1986. One of her  particular interests is helping to develop new  scripts, and shortly after her move she directed G.L. Horton's full length set in a Boston abortion clinic, "Choices" and Rosanna Alfaro's "Martha Mitchell", which was recently revived and performed at NYC's West End Theatre in April.  June has continued to work closely with local playwrights and makes frequent appearances in new plays and in the Boston Theatre Marathon. Last season she was seen in Alfaro's "Sailing Down the Amazon" and Kate Snodrass's "Haiku" at the Boston Playwrights' Theater and the West End Theater in Gloucester.   Also at the West End, she performed in "Kindertransport"  and "Women and the Sea".   A few favorite roles: Mary in "On the Verge", Miss MacKay in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie",  E. M. Ashford in "Wit", and Valentina in "The Bay at Nice".  June has appeared onstage in New York City, Long Island,  Berkeley, California, and throughout New England, after receiving her early training at the Cleveland Playhouse, Barnard College and Boston University. She is member of, Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild, and on the Board of StageSource.

JACKIE DAVIS (Evelyn) is a member of Theatre Espresso and an Affiliate Artist of the Providence Black Repertory Theatre Company.  Directorial credits include staged readings of “Hurry Tomorrow” by Platform writer Frank Shefton, and "The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae" for Roxbury Crossroads Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion.  Productions include: A Black Arts Drama Showcase in Boston and New Jersey, "BIRTH" for Bold On Labor Day at the Cambridge Y, and "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" at the Factory Theatre.  Jackie served as assistant director/ choreographer during the 6th African American Theater Festival and as choreographer for the Lyric Stage’s production of "Crowns"; and won IRNE nominations for her choreography of Speakeasy’s production of "Caroline or Change" and AATF's "The Wiz".   At the PBRT she played Mrs. Breedlove in "The Bluest Eye" and Rashida in the World Premiere of "The Etymology of Bird". Choreographer for Company One’s "Assassins", she will be conducting summer workshops at COne. Theatre credits include: Tituba, New Rep’s "The Crucible; understudy, Huntington Theatre’s " Well"; "Wind In The Willows"; "Body & Sold"; "Spell #7".  Her  Ms. Olson in "Promises Promises" and Lady in Blue in “For Colored Girls…” won IRNE nominations.  Television credits include National Geographic’s documentary of Hurricane Katrina, and commercials national and local.  Jackie is a proud member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and can be seen in the upcoming Pink Panther Deux and Bachelor Number Two.

GERALYN HORTON  served as director for her play-- which means that she was fortunate enough to get this stellar cast to take on the roles and has tried to stay out of their way. Geralyn started directing when she was a kid, and has directed on and off for half a century.  Most of her work has been with new plays written by colleagues or with the late lamented Arlington Street Light Opera Company in the church's basement, where for 25 years she applied the music theatre techniques she picked up working as Sarah Caldwell's Production Assistant during the Opera Company of Boston's 1971-73 seasons. 

Thanks to Kate and Marc at BPT and to the NPG and the Platform for feedback during re-writes

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Blogger Kelly DuMar said...


I also want to congratulate you on the production of you deeply moving and honest portrayal of an elderly woman's insistence on controlling her own destiny - Best Practice is a very timely and troubling drama. So many of us "Baby Boomers" have aging parents - not unlike your 'heroine' that we are concerned about or taking care of or simply loving. . . and there are no easy answers. Tight, meaningful and moving - thanks for this! Kelly DuMar,

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