a play reading
Directed by Christina Ritter
Featuring Emily Bach, Damian Bowerman, Mandy Fox, Kim Garrison Hopcraft, Liz Light, Kevin McClatchy, Chris Roche, and Rachel Seiger
Pearl Curran was a housewife in early twentieth century St Louis. She was also the operator of an Ouija board through which Patience Worth, an author from the beyond, was purported to speak. Over the course of two decades, a remarkably prolific Patience (via Pearl) dictated millions of words in books, poems, and plays. And she regaled curious visitors, believers and nonbelievers alike, with cryptic and charming bon mots.
Built out of material written by and about Pearl Curran, this piece explores fragmented identity, sublimated love affairs, the desire for fame, and the limits of credulity.