I Carry Your Heart by Georgette Kelly – PREVIEW
Thursday, May 18
Doors @ 6:30 PM MDT
Show @ 7:00 PM MDT
Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged motherâ€™s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her motherâ€™s organs and reading her motherâ€™s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive an early morning phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess. As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donationâ€”and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.
Directed by Jessica Hanna
Featuring: Michael Bates, Joanna Bronson, Christine Dunford, Elizabeth Liang, Mateo Mpinduzi- Mott, and Elayn J. Taylor.
Scenic: Sibyl Wickersheimer; Lighting: Brandon Baruch; Sound: John Zalewski; Costumes: Ann Closs-Farley & Alyssa Gonzalez. Casting: Raul Clayton Staggs.
Hope On Stage
I CARRY YOUR HEART, written by Georgette Kelly, is the winner f the the Hope & Optimism Initiativeâ€™s â€œHope On Stageâ€ playwriting prize project. The Hope and Optimism Project (www.hopeoptimism.com) is a $5 million, four-year initiative at Notre Dame, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project funds research into the theoretical empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states. Directed by two philosophy professors, Andrew Chignell (Cornell and University of Penn) and Sam Newlands (Notre Dame), the project also created the â€œHope on Stageâ€ playwriting prize that in addition to a cash prize to the winner, also funds a rolling premiere of the winning play in Ithaca, NY (which performs April 28-30) and in Los Angeles, CA (May 19 – June 10). Georgette Kellyâ€™s I CARRY YOUR HEART was chosen as the winner from almost800 blind submissions by a panel of professional theater makers and academics. In addition to the first prize, â€œHope on Stageâ€ awarded three runner-up prizes. Opening Weekend of I Carry Your Heart will also be a Festival of academic researchers, keynote speakers (including Dr. Cornel West and TC Boyle, with bands playing after the play every night. All of the speakers and events will be on our calendar page.