We started Live & About’s seventh season throwing our own “opening night” party with friends at Metro Stage. Following the performance and joined by several others from the audience, there was lively discussion about issues relating to the play. It was clear the work touched many personally. It proved once again that the life of a play or musical takes every single person, artist or watching from the audience, on what composer William Knowles said, “on our own ride.”
I invite all of you to continue the conversation, reflecting on any or all of these questions.
- Why does the mother Mae Lou not see what is happening to her young daughter Carrie?
- Why did Director Thomas W. Jones II choose a stylized way of portraying events such as spousal abuse, childbirth, and rape? Did this blur the emotional impact of the story?
- How did William Knowles music serve the story?