Meetup 36: Bright Half Life

150123_WP_BHL-WPWebsite-HomepageBright Half Life is a fast-paced and vibrant love story that follows Erica and Vicky through the big and small moments of their relationship. “Bright Half Lifeisn’t about being gay,” Barfield says, “It’s about being alive and in love.”

Bright Half Life premiered earlier this year at Women’s Project in NYC where it received a review in the New York Times for it’s innovative presentation of a lesbian relationship.

In addition to playwright Tanya Barfield, female artists working on this project include: Jessica Holt (director), Lily Sorenson (assistant director), Gillian Confair* (stage manager), Sonia Fernandez (dramaturg), Christina Larson (Production Assistant), Lisa Anne Porter* (actor), Sarah Nina Hayon (actor), and Christine Crook (costume designer).

If you saw the show with the WWSF Meetup group or on your own, please leave a comment and share your thoughts about the work.

3 responses to “Meetup 36: Bright Half Life

  1. Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield was a knock-out experience – a terrific vehicle for tour-de-force acting from Lisa Anne Porter and Sarah Nina Hayon – and a quintessentially theatrical telling of the breadth and depth of one long-term romantic relationship. The fact that both lovers were female was simultaneously essential and inconsequential. Many facets of this relationship would be recognizable to anyone who has attempted to carve a life with another person, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. But in another way, I think there was something fundamentally feminine about the overlapping chronological tides within the play. During the talk-back with the playwright, director Jessica Holt, and Magic artistic director Loretta Greco, one audience member commented on how special and rare it was to see a long-term lesbian relationship featured as the subject of the play. I echo that satisfaction but also found many elements of my own long-term heterosexual relationship reflected within the play – an experience that I was equally grateful for. The show runs at the intimate upstairs space ACT’s Strand Theater for the next 3 weeks and it is very much worth the trip!

  2. I was out with food poisoning and missed our meetup, but saw the show at its final preview on Thursday night. The writing is amazing – truly capturing the highs and lows, the bigs and smalls in a long term relationship. Like Christine, I saw echoes of my own relationship in the piece (we regularly experience the too early/I want a good seat conflict at the movies). but at the same time, I saw conversations I’d never had in my heterosexual, mono-racial relationship – we’ve never felt like we shouldn’t kiss on the street or tell our parents about our relationship or had arguments about what it means to be inside or outside of white privilege. Seeing Lisa and Sarah as Erica and Vicky go from moment to moment to moment was astounding – how quickly they’d drop into the emotional circumstances of each new moment, with only a light change to prompt it. And how bumping two moments up against each other made them both richer – one moment your daughter is walking, the next she’s married. I am so glad to have experienced this play.

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