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Alchemic, essential, transfixing: Theatre NOVA’s latest Play of the Month … The W.I.T.C.H
"a firecracker of a show, written and performed by incisive, chameleonic Morgan Breon and ably directed by Diane Hill with a keen eye toward economy of space, dance-like movement, and the rich language of the text itself.
Morgan Breon in style and delivery is like this wondrous combination of Anna Deavere Smith and Zoe Caldwell. She is alchemic and transfixing. A one-person show is never easy, let alone holding the audience’s rapt attention via Zoom for 30 minutes.
Like quicksilver, she depicts a host of characters – from teachers to multiple teenagers to school administrators – gracefully, sharply, rapidly morphing from one to the next, each clearly drawn and distinct. It is a remarkable performance, made that much more significant in service as it is to a message of inclusion and of the necessity for all of us to break down the fears that hold us back from authentic connection.
Theatre NOVA presents the Play of the Month series
A new play written specifically for Zoom each month
THE MICHIGAN PREMIERE OF
by Morgan Breon
Premieres April 28, 2021
Available to Festival passholders through May 31, 2021
“THE W.I.T.C.H.” shows the joys, pains, and struggles of Ms. Morgan, a newly hired Behavior Specialist at a Detroit public high school. When hope begins to crack open her students’ hearts and minds, Ms. Morgan’s office might just be the most dangerous room in the entire school. Directed by Theatre NOVA Producing Artistic Director, Diane Hill. Featuring Morgan Breon in a tour de force role as she portrays an array of characters in the public school setting including a behavior specialist, students, teachers and administrators.
*THE W.I.T.C.H. stands for Wound Intervention Through Care and Healing.
This performance will be followed by a talk-back about the play and the desensitization to trauma amongst youth experiences in and out of school. Interested attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion.
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The poet and performer also will premiere a new play she has written, The W.I.T.C.H, at the end of the month with Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor. The live performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, will be watchable via Zoom, and available on demand for series pass holders through the end of May.
“The goal of both The W.I.T.C.H. and ‘A Refugee of Me’ is to guide audiences into conversations around trauma, emotional wellness and self-reflection, using creative methods like theater and poetry,” Breon says.
She also understands that everyone’s experiences are different, and says she honors that reality.
“Battles with depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts are all so different. There isn’t one blanket experience or solution. I’m only the expert of my experience,” Breon says.
“But I do hope that in sharing my story, others will feel empowered to share theirs. Then maybe the presentation and treatment of these battles can be more varied and inclusive.”