Live Theatre Performance with Lucinda McDermott:
Sunday, February 17th, 2013, 6:00, Hotel Real de Minas
Included in a Full Conference Package.
“A gutsy role. . . there”s so much to relish in this performance…” - New York Post
“A tour de force performance. . .Lucinda McDermott shines. . .” - Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Bermudians have succumbed to O’Keeffe madness. . .they packed the tiny Daylesford Theatre. . . .witty, often moving. . .it succeeds. . .A profound journey, we are glad that McDermott has taken us along for the ride.”
-The Royal Bermuda Gazette
“It’s not often author and actress, as one being, fill up space so beautifully . . .McDermott is an exceedingly tuned-in actress and playwright. . .May the rational beware. Here’s a sophisticated weeper—one on an entirely surprising level.” -The Virginia Pilot
“O’Keeffe! is a journey of the spirit, a spirit town between love of a man and passion for a craft….O’Keeffe! convinces us of the painter’s artistic needs with vivied descriptions of space and color. This is a tribute to the piece’s beautiful writing. . .” -The Miami Herald
“You don’t have to be an O’Keeffe scholar or art lover to love this play. You just need to be open to exploring a woman’s struggle between family and freedom, dedication to spouse and art, and ultimately, commitment to self. . .Though she is alone on stage, McDermott gives a passionate performance that would exhaust an entire cast. . .deeply personal.” -The Roanoke Times
“Any producing company would do well to book this high caliber theatre piece.”
-Richard Cary, Artistic Director, Nantucket Actors Theatre
Artist Georgia O’Keeffe finds herself in front of an audience who bears witness as she struggles to make peace with an unresolved issue. Even beyond death art aficionados continue to question who is responsible for her success.
O’Keeffe and husband Alfred Stieglitz maintained a passionate and tempestuous relationship for 30 years. Known as “the father of modern photography”, Stieglitz photographed O’Keeffe over 500 times and was the first to exhibit her work through his gallery 291. Grateful for his initial interest, O’Keeffe soon struggles to maintain her fierce independence in life and in her art.
She takes us on a journey beginning in 1915 when she began developing her own style, until Stieglitz’s death in 1946. The struggle to survive independently within her relationship and to understand her own creative process are all part of the O’Keeffe’s search to answer the questions, “Was it me or was it Stieglitz?”
Because this conflict between individualism and a shard life is at the heart of everyone’s personal journey, the play is as much about us as it is about O’Keeffe. Lucinda McDermott presents us with an O’Keeffe that is very human, witty, and lively. An engrossing drama about the beloved American icon.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) First exhibited her work in 1916 at 291, a gallery owned and operated by Alfred Stieglitz in New York City. She quickly gained prominence as an artist and is best known today for her landscapes of the American West, large paintings of flowers, and through the photographic images taken by photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) Photographer and arts humanitarian and patron. He is credited with introducing Modern Art to the United States through his galleries 291, The Intimate Gallery, and An American Place. Editor of several photographic journals, most notably 291 and Camera Work, he is best remembered for the intimate photographs of his wife, artist Georgia O’Keeffe.