Two fixtures in the local theater scene are bringing a one-woman show about Georgia O'Keeffe to Dallas, in Lucinda McDermott's play called O'Keeffe! The show is directed by Ouida White and stars Carolyn Wickwire in the title role.
The show runs April 20-22 in Theatre Too!, the basement space at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle. The show is produced under the banner of a group called Flower and Bone Productions.
"I've been intrigued with Georgia O'Keeffe's life and art since seeing an exhibition of her work many years ago," Wickwire says. "When I found this play by Lucinda McDermott I felt an immediate connection with the way O'Keeffe's search for her own voice was expressed. I worked for 30 years for financial security, and finally was able to find my own voice in the theater. This is my first foray into producing and my first time to do a one-woman play—daunting but an exciting adventure! It would never have come into being without Ouida White's skillful and enthusiastic involvement as director and Dennis West's support as co-producer and my life partner."
Tickets are $10-$30, with a discount for Theatre Three subscribers, and can be purchased at 214-871-3300.
A video trailer and interview is at the bottom of this item. In it, Wickwire and White talk about travelling to New Mexico to learn more about their subject.
Here's a description of the play and more from the news release:
Two forces shaped Georgia O'Keeffe as an artist and a woman: her passionate quest to find and express her artistic voice, and her tumultuous love affair and 31-year marriage to the revolutionary photographer and champion of the Modern Art Movement, Alfred Stieglitz. In O'Keeffe!, Georgia—witty, irreverent and decades ahead of her time—shares revealing scenes from her challenging life as she asks the audience to help her decide whether her iconic place in modern art was shaped by "me or Stieglitz?"
O'Keeffe! premiered at Shafer Street Theatre on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, performed by Lucinda McDermott and directed by Roger Mrazek in 1992. In New York, it was performed by McDermott at Primary Stages, the William Redfield Theatre, One Dream Theatre, and the Third Step Theatre; regionally at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia, under the direction of Jere Lee Hodgin; and on tour through the North and Southeast United States, and in Bermuda.
About the Playwright: Lucinda McDermott
Ms. McDermott holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia. Productions of her work include: Feeding On Mulberry Leaves at the Barter Theatre (premiere) and the University of Virginia (workshop), Bricks at City Theatre in Miami and the University of Wisconsin; and;O'Keeffe! at Primary Stages and the William Redfield Theatre in New York City; Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia; Daylesford Theatre in Bermuda; and elsewhere in theatres, museums and arts centers throughout the U.S. Commissions include plays for The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia; The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina; the Generic Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia; and Primary Stages in New York City. Ms. McDermott is a director and actor (she originated the role of Georgia O'Keeffe in O'Keeffe!). She has taught playwriting for The Governor's School of the Arts in Virginia; at Radford University; through InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and was playwright-in-residence at Playworks of North Carolina. She has taught theatre courses at the University of Virginia; Old Dominion University, Virginia; Commonwealth University; Hampton University; as well as workshops throughout the country and for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Ms. McDermott lives in the mountains of Virginia with her husband and two children.
About Georgia O'Keeffe:
Georgia O'Keeffe was born November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She studied art, but feeling stymied by traditional methods and forced to earn her living, she quit painting for several years. Befriended and encouraged by Alon Bement, she began to paint again. A friend sent some of her drawings to Alfred Stieglitz. His reaction to her drawings was overwhelming, stating "At last, a woman on paper!" When he exhibited her drawings without her permission, she demanded that he take them down. He refused. She relented. Thus began "Stieglitz and O'Keeffe." In 1923, Stieglitz held a major exhibit of O'Keeffe's work at the Anderson Galleries. The following year, Stieglitz and his wife of 31 years divorced and he and Georgia married. That year she painted the flower series for which she would become famous. Years later, suffocated by his large and demanding family, she traveled toNew Mexico, and found a spiritual and artistic home. She returned every summer until 1946, when her husband died. Only then did she move from New York and permanently reside in New Mexico, She died on March 6, 1986 at the age of 98. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered over her beloved 'faraway.'
About the Actor: Carolyn Wickwire
Ms. Wickwire is a Dallas-based actor who works in theatre, film, and television. She has won awards for her work in Beauty Queen of Leenane at Quad C Theatre and in The Women at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. She is currently appearing in Superior Donuts at Theatre Too. Some of her recent plays include Equus(Uptown Players),The Royal Family at Theatre Three, and the world premiere of The Blue Moon Dancing at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Her most recent film role was in Phobia, soon to be released. She also had a recurring role in the TV drama Prison Break and has appeared in In Plain Sight. She is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.
She began her professional acting career after the age of 50, and quickly became established on the local acting scene. In 2008, while making her first foray into regional theater in Tennessee, she met Dennis West, who became her life partner as well as her producing partner in this venture.
About the Director: Ouida White
Ouida White began her career at the Arkansas Arts Center. Named Children's Theatre Director while still a student in the AAC B.F.A. program, she later became Assistant Director of the Performing Arts. Her focus later changed to acting, moving first to Los Angeles, where she worked in film and won Dramalogue and L.A. Times awards for her stage roles. There she was a member of the prestigious Actor's Alley Company, named by LA Magazine as one of the city's top 5 Equity Waiver Companies.
Based in Dallas since the '80s, she has acted at most Metroplex theaters, as well as The Arkansas Rep, Horse Cave Theatre, Ky., and The New Stage, MS. She is the recipient of a Column Award for Supporting Actress. Represented by The Horne Agency, recent film/TV roles include HIDE for TNT.
In 2005, after deciding to direct for a year, her productions of Morning's At Seven, Leonard's Car and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me won praise. Morning's at Seven was named one of 2005's 10 Best by the Dallas Voice and she received a Column Award for Best Director of a Play, Non Equity.
She defines herself as a storyteller.