A unique feature of the Our Voices Festival is that each playwright is given The Our Voices Artist Statement template to fill out and share directly with the audience during the evening of staged readings just prior to presenting her play. Audiences continue to share their gratitude for this opportunity to hear directly from the playwright about her inspiration and experience in writing the play. For the playwright, it's an opportunity to take a risk - to stand for her voice & vision in front of an audience. ~ Kelly DuMar
Wendy Lement: Artist Statement
The play was inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association.
A major block I overcame is that my initial play concept didn’t work. There was a disconnect between what I thought the story would be about and what the interview subjects shared in their oral histories.
One thing that surprised me while writing the play is that it transformed into a musical, two weeks before auditions. While writing the play I learned that I enjoy writing song lyrics.
This play is built upon my strong belief that personal stories contain rich material for drama, and that seemingly ordinary individuals have the power to affect global change.
If my play could change something, it would foster greater appreciation of women who publically fight political battles and personally strive to maintain traditional cultural values.
I hope this play empowers the women our students interviewed for the project.
In this segment tension mounts between the Master of Ceremonies and the Fishermen’s Wives about how their lives should be portrayed.
The cast includes: Jessica Andra, Danny Bolton, Matteo BonTempo, Anna Correa, Melissa Frederique, Susan Lombardi Verticelli, Alicia Martin, Patrick Meehan, Barbara Pedulla, Beth Randall, Danielle Sanford, Semi Sephillari and Jacqui Williams.