Posts Tagged ‘Nancy Kerrigan’

I am excited to announce on the blog the NEW PRODUCTION of TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA with libretto by me and music by Michael Teoli, premiering JAN 31 in a new short ‘club version’ at the American Repertory Theater’s wild and wonderful Oberon Theater in Harvard Square.  Our new show is produced by Paul Boghosian and Harborside Films.  For ticket info, please check out www.cluboberon.com

And also visit our Facbook Event page.  More soon on this exciting new show with an awesome cast and star director Janet Roston.  The show is based on my Tonya & Nancy: The Opera with music by Abigail Al-Doory Cross.  Our new rock opera has drawn coverage in the Boston Herald and Blast Magazine and Broadway World with more to come.  THANKS to all & Rock On!

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It’s a Wrap– and it was a blast.  This weekend– with me looking on in awe, and making my own brief screen debut as the Crazy Mother– Bravo Sierra shot our forthcoming short film, based on my novella, CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE— starring Patrice Bunch and Julian Brand ; directed by Matthew Quinn Martin.

The film centers on aspiring actress ‘Kathryn Byrne’ who finds herself becoming a ‘celebrity in disgrace.’  Celebrities referenced in the film include Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding & Patricia Hearst .

More on all this soon; meanwhile, enjoy the Shoot Photos by Jenny Martin– including director Matthew Quinn Martin & producer Mark McNutt ; me with our stars; and wonderful ESU students playing ‘the class’…THANKS to all; online Preview Coming Soon… For more photos, see our STARLIT Gallery page & Facebook album

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“I’m sorry I couldn’t stop writing about you,” I said to Tonya Harding when I met her at the premiere of Michael Teoli‘s and my rock opera based on her and Nancy Kerrigan’s skating scandal.

Tonya– who cheered on the show then partied with the cast, playing video poker in the bar– told me matter-of-factly: “You got some things wrong but that’s OK.”

Though I’ve never met Nancy Kerrigan, I felt as if I knew her when I heard the terrible news this week of the death of her father and arrest of her brother. Another bizarre and violent twist in a life that has had more than its share. Her family asks for privacy regarding this death.  I have nothing to add beyond the sad facts already known. But aside from expressing sympathy, I did want to say a few words about ‘my’ Nancy.

As I can testify to firsthand– having written librettos for both a chamber opera and rock opera about Nancy’s skating scandal, both shows headed for new productions this year– the fascination with Nancy Kerrigan’s story lives on. While I focus more on Tonya in the plays, it was Nancy’s plight that first captured me in 1994.

Nancy came from Stoneham, a town near ours in Massachusetts, and I believe I once glimpsed Nancy on the Minuteman Bike Trail in Arlington, MA: an auburn-haired vision on rollarblades. I remember kneeling by the radio speakers in our home listening breathlessly from Lillehammer as Nancy Kerrigan, under unimaginable pressure, skated her nearly flawless nearly gold-medal performance.

Nancy’s grace and grit captured everyone’s attention and infuriated some. Many folks have told me over the last few years how they couldn’t sympathize with the reserved and disciplined Nancy. Many believed mistakenly that Nancy came from money, when really her blue-collar family double-mortgaged their home to pay for Nancy’s skate lessons.

There seems to be an outpouring of sympathy this week. Maybe that same strength Nancy found during her knee-attack ordeal will carry her through this tragedy. And no matter what, some of us will not be able to stop watching.
(photos: people.com, commons.wikimedia.or, womens’history.org)

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