Treadwell: Bright and Dark, a One-Woman Play About the Life of Sophie Treadwell
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It's 1969 and change is in the air. But for Memphis, the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the civil rights movement takes a back seat to more immediate problems. His diner has been slated for demolition in the city's urban renewal plan, but he has a competing offer from a predatory businessman. Caught between idealism and brutal reality, Memphis struggles to determine the fate of the place where his customers gathered for decades to share their struggles, hopes and dreams. Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson's searing, humorous, and potent portrait of African-American life in the '60s tells a complex story of the inner lives of ordinary people at a turning point in American history. Learn More
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The acting is very convincing--Miss Flaim transitions seamlessly through a wide range of emotional dialogue. I was very taken by her character's charms and foibles. I left the theatre with the intention of learning more about Ms. Treadwell. The playwright Allyson Currin has included a few memorable lines about women's perceptions of other women.
How is it possible for Miss Flaim (for anyone) to recall and deliver 90 minutes of monologue!!!????!!! Amazing feat.
FYI: The small theatre uses older -model metal folding chairs. You may want to bring a seat cushion.
Written by Allyson Currin
Directed by Stephen Jarrett
Sophie Treadwell is portrayed by acclaimed Washington actress Melissa Flaim.
Sophie Treadwell’s professional triumphs included a sensational in-person interview with the Mexican bandit Pancho Villa for the New York Tribune; an expressionist stage masterpiece, Machinal, that is today regarded as a classic; and victory in a courageous lawsuit against actor John Barrymore, who tried to steal one of her plays. But there were defeats and humiliations too. Throughout her life, Treadwell battled personal demons that threatened her happiness and even her sanity.