Just heard that you’re making a film about Mr. McNally’s works. I recently had the pleasure of playing Frankie in a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, produced by L.I.P. Service Productions, based in Ft. Worth, TX. I cannot say enough about how this piece has changed the way I see others and the process I underwent in taking on this piece.
They say we can never understand another person until we walk a mile in their shoes. My life, as it’s been lived thus far, has been so different from Frankie’s and yet how she’s written made me feel like I can connect with her on so many levels. It took me a journey of 5 years to decide to agree to take on the role, and now, I wish I’d done it so much earlier. Mr. McNally’s writing is brutally raw and says the things in a natural way that some of us don’t ever dare to say.
I think maybe that’s what I appreciated most about his work. He expresses without hesitation or fear what people feel deep inside but may never say and yet those characters managed to come out of it slightly bruised, but happier and freer because of the honesty and are able to move forward from there. I had the pleasure of working with an amazing team, Stefany Cambra, our director who was truthful and honest in situations I hadn’t experienced or didn’t understand and Jason Leyva, who played Johnny, and was so amazing and professional and gave me something to work with at every turn. I think if I had the chance, I could do this show, with this team, for an extended period of time and learn something new each time.
Thank you Terrence McNally for the opportunity!
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