Theaterlab and Convergences Theatre Collective present this solo piece in which the kiss of a stranger awakens the desire and creativity of a middle-aged woman, launching her on a journey of self-discovery. More…
It is an odyssey that takes this wife, mother, teacher, and writer into a life outside conventional marriage and motherhood, a life 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 II consists of performer Liz Stanton being joined by a special guest on stage for a discussion with the audience about the many choices women make throughout life, consciously and unconsciously.
“The unison of Liz Stanton’s riveting performance, Grandbois’ poetic writing and a superior presentation, all make the solo play a dreamy and haunting spectacle…Ms. Stanton commands the stage…Director Williams’ staging is a gorgeous blend of stark emotionalism, dynamically choreographed movement and visual magnificence…Filled with psychological insights, arresting imagery and fierce acting, ‘The Woman Who Was Me’ is a compelling and highly theatrical confessional.” Full Review
"Liz Stanton is perfectly cast. She wears the well-earned physical and emotional 'war scars' of a middle-aged woman, but she can also expertly express moments of girlish joy in an instant...Her performance, combined with Grandbois’ poetic dialogue, reminds us that youthful passion and ambition can lie dormant, but never really go away...It’s an inspiring lesson, for both 'women of a certain age' and everyone else." Full Review
“The audience must decide if this is a story of fulfillment or unfulfilled longing or some mixture of the two. Kate Jaworski’s lighting helps show the dance between complete empowerment and loneliness which Elizabeth Stanton bravely undertakes…The play motivated a lot of people to speak up about empowering themselves... Many of the creative people behind this production were in the same graduate program...The results are fascinating.” Full Review
"Topical and richly expressive, 'The Woman Who Was Me' explores gender, choice, and identity through one woman’s tale of self-actualization...Poignant in their simplicity, the show’s design elements underscore Lanie’s hazy search for self and highlight the dreamlike mental and physical realms she traverses...By highlighting individual stories, 'The Woman Who Was Me' invites us to explore the nuances of what it means to be a woman—or a human—in the world." Full Review
"Stanton’s energy and focus carry the action well, though there are occasional moments when the performance pushes the language a bit too hard, causing both to feel overwrought...Amid the lovely language and rather complex metaphors, there is a tangible disconnect between the play’s intent and the experiential understanding of the writer...In the post-show discussion billed as Act II...the energy with which that feedback was received was incredibly negative." Full Review
See it if You are interested in being masterfully guided through a human experience, have ever questioned the finite nature of relationships.
Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, are expecting a large scaled production value, or dislike stories told through movement.
See it if you enjoy shows about women, in particular older women.This deals with various aspects of her life, from family and creativity to sexuality.
Don't see it if You're done with shows about the female experience and all that angst.
See it if you would enjoy a one woman show in crisis. Confusing at times but it explores her experiences real vs desired and her self image as a woman
Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows
See it if You relish intellectual challenge, consider evolving roles and self-images of women and appreciate craftsmanship by solo actor/minimal set
Don't see it if you cannot tolerate sexual references, non-stereotypical conduct and words by mid-aged characters or need sets, casts, music and 75 min
See it if you like one woman shows written by men and you want a chance do discuss the show with the audience, actor and invited guests for act II.
Don't see it if you don't like gifted writing and talented acting and you don't want to think about a woman's struggle beneath the surface. It is longish.
See it if your interested in a non linear story in verse of a woman's journey through the dissolution of her marriage and her awakening desire
Don't see it if If your uncomfortable with a one person show that explores a mature woman story that's slowly evolves
See it if you are a middle-aged woman who can understand the angst/issues raised by the strange storyline. Certain aspects of the character resonate.
Don't see it if You would have a hard time connecting with what a woman is faced with in our society. Simulated sex and descriptions of it.
Also My friend absolutely loved it.
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