Wednesday, November 7, 2018

PlayFest: Jane Burgoyne

I hid behind a tiki hut to sketch Jane Burgoyne by Robert Moulthrop during its live performance on Sunday.

Three generations of Burgoyne women are brought together as Jane (Kate Young) prepares to move from her beloved family home to an independent living facility. With tensions at an all time high, a lifetime of hurt bubbles up to the surface. In this intense family drama, three smart, strong women attempt to unpack their past and plan for whatever the future holds.

Jane and Alison (Megan Valle) had a strong bond built around their love of language and story telling. Yet even between them there were secrets. Alison held back that she is dating a guy who, it turns out, is rather controlling - which she sees as love. Also she was recovering from an eating disorder which she kind of misses.

“Do you really want to keep this, Mother?” Katherine (Michelle Brightman) asked her mom in "THAT" rather condescending voice. She was the one pushing to get her mom packed off which in her mind is for her mom's best interest. The only way these three could communicate was through arguments. The wounds were so deep that it is hard to imagine they could ever heal. There was no resolution, just a momentary truce. Each woman needed to discover just how in control they were of their own fate.

Director: Tony Simotes Stage Manager: Alli Gersbach Stage Directions Reader: Melissa Landy.

PlayFest continues November  10 – 11, 2018. It is a two weekend festival of new plays features seven readings of raw, unproduced works! PlayFest gives audiences the opportunity to be involved with the creative process by giving feedback in real time and mingling with the playwrights, actors, and directors.

Which readings will you attend?

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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