Saturday, November 5, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Breaking Glass is a work-in-progress solo play inspired by the life of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. The one-woman play, written and performed by Emma Palzere-Rae, will be followed by a panel discussion and reception, making this a don’t miss event, part of Lyman Allyn’s Free First Saturday.
The play shares the life and photography of Julia Margaret Cameron. Set in 1874, prior to Cameron’s return to India, the audience is invited into Julia’s Glass House to be a part of her photography.
Julia Margaret Cameron took up photography at the relatively late age of 48. She produced 900 photographs in a 12-year period, capturing ‘famous men and fair women’ in portraits and tableaus. By experimenting with the art form, she was among the first art photographers. Yet, as a woman, she faced fierce criticism.
Breaking Glass is directed by Kato McNickle, with Production Stage Management by Carin Jennie Estey. Cultural Consultant is Sarbani Hazri. Eileen Donovan is coordinator on behalf of Lyman Allyn Art Museum.
- 2:00 pm — Work-in-progress reading of Breaking Glass, written and performed by Emma Palzere-Rae
- 3:00 pm — Panel discussion: Breaking Glass Ceilings: Women in the Arts over 40
- Catherine Christiano, visual artist
- Cynthia Cooper, playwright and founding member Honor Roll!*
- Wendy Wilkins, filmmaker
- 4:00 pm — Reception; light refreshment and soft beverages will be served.
NOTE: Admission to the museum is free all day. Come early and take in the exhibits, including Catherin Christino’s Album of Flowers | Interesting Times.
*Honor Roll! is an advocacy organization for women+ playwrights over the age of 40. Learn more.
Registration: Recommended registration through Eventbrite. Walk-ins welcome.
Note: We are in the process of setting up a livestream for this event. If you would like information about attending virtually, please check back or follow @Be Well Productions on Facebook.
Be Well Productions extends its thanks to the City of New London and the Cultural Coalition for its support through a New London ARPA Grant for Arts & Culture.
About the Artists:
Emma Palzere-Rae (Actress/ Playwright/Producer) has appeared in regional, stock and off-Broadway theater, as well as in film, television and radio. She founded Be Well Productions in 1989, touring several critically acclaimed one-woman plays on characters as diverse as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Victoria Woodhull, Emily Dickinson and Gilda Radner. In 1990, she banded together with other female solo artists to create New York City’s Womenkind Festival. Favorite roles include Mrs. Miller in “Ah, Wilderness!”(East Lynne Theater Company); Mother Miriam in “Agnes of God” (Madison Lyric Stage); and Sister Aloysius in “Doubt” (Emerson Theater Collaborative). Currently, she is the Associate Director at Artreach, Inc. (Norwich, CT) which provides arts programs to adults living with mental illnesses. A graduate of Emerson College, she is an active member of Actor’s Equity, the Dramatists Guild (where she serves as the regional representative for New England – West), and serves on the The League of Professional Theatre Women – CT Chapter’s Steering Committee and as Co-Chair for the New London Arts Council.
Kato McNickle (Director) is a writer, director, producer, caricaturist, music-maker, and puppeteer steeped in the Connecticut theater scene. Their plays can be found on NPX and in the collections Best Plays from American Festivals 2015 and Best American Short Plays 2018-2019 from Applause Publishing. Kato is producer of New London’s Mayfly Playhouse, a 24-hour theater project; vice-president of the Mystic Paper Beasts; a member of The Dramatists Guild and the Star Wars Fan Club.
Carin Jennie Estey (Production Stage Manager) previously joined Be Well Productions for the 2019 performance of “The Woodhull Project” at the Hartford Fringe Festival, and its subsequent virtual performance 2020 and 2021. Carin is a theatre artist based out of Southeastern, CT. Carin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with focuses in both directing and playwriting. Additional stage management credits include the world premiere of Judy Tate’s “Fastblood” in collaboration with Civic Ensemble and The American Slavery Project, Minita Gandhi’s “Muthaland” at The Clark Theatre Recent directing credits include the virtual workshop of Julia Dreitzer’s “End of the Movie”, Audrey Lang’s “a/in/the/of” as part of The Act One: One Act play Festival at The Secret Theatre in NYC, and “alex getting better”, also by Audrey Lang. Carin’s plays have been performed at various festivals including Ithaca College’s New Play Incubator in 2019 and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival in 2013. Carin works as the Event Coordinator at Artreach, Inc. Carin recently was the recipient of a Peer Project grant from My Friend Abby, through which she was able to produce a one act play followed by a discussion on the relationship between suicide prevention and the arts.
Moderated by Emma Palzere-Rae
Catherine Christiano is a visual artist known for her detailed representational paintings, who lives and works in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She often works by combining several visual sources in pieces that can include multiple panels, mirrors, or newspapers reflecting contemporary concerns. Catherine’s path to studio art was unconventional. Early on, her analytical strengths led her to earn engineering and finance degrees and employment in those fields. Throughout, she developed her skills in artmaking, eventually completing a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. Catherine exhibits, primarily in the Northeast. Her work has been included in exhibitions at regional museums and university galleries, including the New Britain Museum of American Art. She has exhibited with George Billis Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles, and the itinerant cooperative artist group Gallery One. Her first solo museum exhibition, Album of Flowers | Interesting Times, is currently on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT.
Cynthia Cooper (Cindy) is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced in the US, Canada, Europe and Israel. In New York, her work has been at Primary Stages, The Women’s Project, Wings, Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio, MultiStages, EST, Town Hall, Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Center USA, Judson Church, Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, New Circle Theatre Co., Center for Jewish History, WOW Café, and more, as well as in Chicago, Minneapolis, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Maryland, Texas, Florida, Budapest, Helsinki, Jerusalem, and elsewhere. Her plays are united by a passion for socially relevant topics, stylized staging and a dramatic-comedic mix. A two-time Jerome Fellow, her plays are in 17 volumes and have won awards from Pen & Brush, Samuel French, Malibu Int’l Festival, Quixote Foundation, the City of Providence, and others. She is the founder of ReproFreedomArts.org and also is a journalist and author. She is currently on the Executive Committee of Honor Roll! Playwrights. www.cyncooperwriter.net