HE'S FRENCH, SHE'S AMERICAN. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER TO DEATH, BUT THEIR LIVING ROOM IS THE LAST OUTPOST OF THE COLD WAR. ONLY THEIR HAITIAN HOUSEKEEPER CAN SEE THE TRUTH, AND EVEN SHE SOMETIMES DOUBTS REALITY. A DARK COMEDY, LATE IS ABOUT THE COMPLEXITIES OF LOVE, THE NATURE OF CREATIVITY, THE PASSIONS OF POLITICS, AND WHO REALLY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.
Though I am American and I am married to a Frenchman, this play is not autobiographical. I do draw on my long experience of living abroad and observing the differences in American and French culture. My distance from the US and my outsider status in France create a useful objectivity for observing characteristics of each nation. These observations, in turn, nourished the creation of characters who ring true to their backgrounds.
The play was translated into French by actress/translator Fanny Gilles, and was set to premiere at the Theatre des Champs Elysees until the theatre closed for renovations, which coincided with its artistic director Pierre Lescot leaving to work under Hollande at the French Ministry of Culture. Oops.
A new app reunites girlfriends who have drifted apart geographically and intellectually. Thrilled to find each other, they delight in forging bonds, until old lies surface and their attempts to help each other wreak havoc instead. Virtually Yours asks the question: How powerful is sisterhood anyway? Would prayer help?
This all-female comedy came directly out of my experience of joining a listserv with college classmates that became variously a political forum, a support group and a prayer circle, and which proved to be a powerful force in all our lives.
Working with producer Kathy Morath and director Jen Wineman, Virtually Yours enjoyed several table readings in NYC over 2013 and 2014. We had the good fortune to work with many great actresses, including Sandy Rosenberg, Cheryl Freeman, Jennifer Lim, Colleen Werthmann, Antoinette LaVecchia, Amelia Campbell, Christine Toy Johnson, Ilana Levine, Dana Eskelson, Deirdre Goodwin, and Tasha Lawrence.
Virtually Yours had an AEA staged reading in April of 2014 at MTC Studios with the following cast: