The past three weeks feels like one long day, in which a variety of things occurred:
Donahue confers with my replacement.
Some of the brilliant lady designers of Collective Rage
Right before Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5) texts me: “What’re you thinking about?”
Every queer play needs a butch truck consultant, and Lea DeLaria is ours.
Happy closing to a process that was, from start to finish, a beautiful whirlwind.
Saheem gives notes from inside the safehouse.
Samira and Alfie find their light… or rather, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu helps them find it in tech.
Samira Wiley as Pretty Mbane
Atandwa Kani (Sicelo), Michael Braun (Gregory), Alfie Fuller (Noxolo) and Phillip James Brannon (Marcel)
Our last day of rehearsal – a few of the many people who help the show run every night:
The Boston Globe comes to talk to us … and also manages to document Samira rocking the leather trucker hat of my dreams.
[Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh for the Boston Globe]
I’m either in rehearsal at MCC, in rehearsal at Williamstown, on an Amtrak going between the two, or completely lost in a miasma of confusion, texting various company managers and asking them where I am/ should be.
Mike Donahue, Ana Villafañe (Betty 3), Adina Verson (Betty 2), Lea Delaria (Betty 4), Dana Delany (Betty 1), Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5)
Saheem Ali with Alfie Fuller (Noxolo) and Samira Wiley (Pretty Mbane)
Mandy Greenfield with Michael Braun (Gregory), Alfie Fuller (Noxolo)
These people. My heart. We were together for 5 months writing a thing. So thrilling to be together again, and hear it come to life with actors.
Thanks to Lambda Literary and Pia Cortez for her review of The Island Dwellers.
“The eleven stories that make up this collection are raw, intense in their longing, and tender in the most unexpected ways… Silverman shines in this collection the way sunlight hits the surface of water, forming rivulets of gold.”
The Island Dwellers in the New York Times. “These stories are irresistible, delivering a portrait of contemporary relationships that, although bleak, is shot through with veins of real connection.”