WORD FOR WORD Presents
Stories By emma donoghue and colm tóibín
Feb 24 - Apr 3, 2016 at Z Below
Emma Donoghue and Colm Tóibín spin imaginary tales from the historical lives of two extraordinary women.
"….it’s hard to resist the unique magic Word [for Word] works…."
—Robert Hurwitt writing for SF Gate/SF Chron
"Night Vision", Directed by Becca Wolff
Emma Donoghue's “Night Vision”, from The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits, tells of young, blind Frances Browne who thrived on education when it was allowed her, and whose determination made her one of Ireland’s most renowned poets.
"Silence", Directed by Jim Cave
In “Silence”, from The Empty Family, Tóibín recreates the story of the transient and intense love-affair between Lady Gregory and the young poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. Their affair was secret, but partially revealed in the love-poems she gave him to publish as his own work. Her self-containment and reserved passion are impressively imagined: women’s interior lives are one of Tóibín’s great strengths. These stories combine to provide an evening showing the power of the word, the thirst for learning, and the profound desire to create.
Cast - “Night Vision”
Richard Farrell* : Scottish Minister, Ensemble
Rudy Guerrero*: Mr. McGranahan, Ensemble
Roselyn Hallett: Franny, Ensemble
Stephanie Hunt*: Tabby, Ensemble
Robert Sicular*: Father, Ensemble
Patricia Silver*: Mother, Ensemble
Cast - “Silence”
Richard Farrell*: Lord William Gregory, Ensemble
Rudy Guerrero*: Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Ensemble
Roselyn Hallett: Lady Anne Blunt, Ensemble
Stephanie Hunt*: Lady Gregory
Robert Sicular*: Henry James, Ensemble
Patricia Silver*: Lady Layard, Ensemble
David A. Young*: Production Stage Manager
Amber Bryant: Assistant Stage Manager
Jacquelyn Scott: Scenic Design
Jeff Rowlings: Lighting Design**
Callie Floor: Costume Design**
Brian Hickey: Sound Design
Devon LaBelle: Props Artisan
Lynne Soffer: Dialect Coach
Megan LaFleur: Costume Assistant
Hal Hughes and Paul Finocchiaro: Recorded Music
*Member of Actors’ Equity, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.
**United Scenic Artists
Night Vision from “The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits” by Emma Donoghue © Emma Donoghue 2004 Presented by arrangement with CDLA & IPR Ltd; Silence from “The Empty Family” by Colm Tóibín is performed with permission of the author.