Take the Ride

Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 0:09 AM

By Megan Carney, Director, BODY/COURAGE

“We all have childhood stories we can cook up and tell.”

This week, as we slide into the preview process and prepare to open BODY/COURAGE, I’ve been thinking a lot about when I first met Danielle Pinnock. From the first moment, I believed her. Her masterful performance technique alone compelled me to lean in and learn from the perspectives of her many characters and I trusted her vision for this project.

It was the seed of that early belief and trust that led me each day in rehearsal as we dusted off old family photographs and the memories they held so that Danielle’s own story could be woven in to the play. Sometimes the stories were elusive so we told them back and forth to each other until we found the laughter and the scary parts, then Danielle wrote them down where they got revised, retold, improvised a little and eventually set into the script in all of their slippery aliveness.

Each time I hear this play and experience it’s unfolding, I’m reminded of my own journey with my body, the joys I have found and the liberation I continue to seek.  And I hope our production delivers that for our audiences. Come, settle in, meet these characters, laugh, take the ride, and come upon the surprise of seeing yourself in a new way – yourself revealed in another body - your own secret told through another’s mouth.

I was attracted to Danielle’s particular way of telling stories from the first time I saw her at the Chicago Fringe Fest. I laughed. I cried. I thought, “I want to help this artist find her audience!” Through a funny turn of events, I ended up directing the play in this world premiere at Rivendell and it’s been a gift to add on to the strong foundation built in those early workshops by Thomas Murray and Patrice Foster of Waltzing Mechanics. This show has a serious village, folks. Can’t wait to share it with you.

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