The Cat’s Out The Bag: Body/Courage will be Fully Produced in 2016

Photo by Joe Mazza
Photography: Joe Mazza

Body/Courage is getting its first fully funded/produced run in 2016. The production is co-produced between Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Waltzing Mechanics. The run will be: January 28-February 27.

I hope you all will make it and start making your travel plans now. This has been a 5 Year Project.

I have been working on a new version of this script for you all. This version, will show portions of my life and will reveal my body image story.

Body/Courage is a documentary play about coming to terms with MY body image and the journey of interviewing over 300 people to FIND BEAUTY, body acceptance and courage.

I couldn’t have done this show without you all and I am so grateful to God you have supported me this long.

Tara Mallen and Megan Carney I just want to say I am so thankful for you all and your awesome company. Your theatre mission is in direct alignment to this show and I am so thankful that you all believed in me enough to place this show in your season this year. You will never know how much this truly means to me. I just…golly! Thank You.

Thank You

God Always & the prayers of my Mom & Grandmothers

My husband Jack Wallace. Jack you were there when this show was an IDEA. Jack…I rushed into your dorm in school and told you my secret. You gave me the courage to make it a reality. I love you with every single fiber of my being. Thank you for taking this journey with me from the beginning and for always empowering me. You are also the best dialect coach in the world!

The Wallace Household. I just have to say Maureen! You have treated me like one of your own since the beginning. I love you so much and thank you so much for everything and for all that you have done for me. Lizzie, Kushal, Margaret, Bill, Penny, Dawn, Chloe, Both David’s, Jenny, Hillary, Alison and Hilda. I love you all to the moon and back. I could not have done this without you and I am so happy to be in a family so supportive and caring. You all are my guardian angels and I love you so much.

Lise Olson and the Birmingham School of Acting for first producing the show when it was a M.A. Dissertation project. The amount of times I cried in Lise Olson’s office and she kept me going. I got so ill doing this production in 2012 and Lise still would not let me quit. I love you so much Lise. Thank you for giving me courage.

Van Fisher of the Strawberry Theatre Festival! I won Best Actress for the show and it was such an honour. Thank you so much Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Co-Directing the show with me at that point. Rehearsals in that apartment in Harlem! Girl! Those were the days. I am so proud of everything you have accomplished lady!

Debra Ehrhardt for letting me perform this show Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse. You gave me the chance to be seen in NYC and I will forever be grateful to you!

Jim McCaffrey. When I was coming to Chicago basically homeless…Jim let me stay in his apartment till I found a home. He has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. Jim used to hand DVDs of this show out to people and he helped me put it on YouTube for the first time. Jim, without you, none of this would be possible. I love you so much and you are the best agent and friend a person could ask for. I love Stewart Talent!

Thomas Murray who gave me my first chance in Chicago with this show during the workshop phase. We met in Lickety Split in 2014 and Thomas said “I’m going to direct this and you don’t have to worry about paying for rehearsal space.” I am so grateful and proud of you Thomas. I can’t wait till you are out of grad school and the world knows how much of a star you are. Thomas you have had my back from the beginning and I am so grateful for you, Patrice Foster, Heather Talbert, Zach Florent and the Waltzing Mechanics for not giving up on me.

My publicist Julia Borcherts at Kaye Publicity. I was walking up and down Clark Street like a lunatic handing out flyers and posting up posters with Chika Ike! I got up enough courage to buzz Kaye Publicity’s doorbell! You answered Julia and you decided to have lunch with me. You also came to see the show! You and Dana have been there through so much of it and I love you both.

Anna Deavere Smith and the students in the ADS workshop. Anna! You helped me to include my grandmother in this piece and I am forever grateful. You inspire me. You inspire me. You inspire. I love you Anna and I am so honored to have been taught by you.

Temple University. Doug Wager thank you for teaching documentary theatre when I was 18 years old. The cast and experience of In Conflict is the reason I am here today. I thank you for being a didactic mentor and for giving me a chance to perform in one of Temple’s biggest and most influential productions to date.

My friends! Who listened to me bawl and flip out and laugh and dance about this show. I love you all. You all are my siblings and I just thank you for everything.

Every single person who has donated, watched or supported this play.

Every single person that interviewed with me. Your stories have carried me through my own body image journey and I thank you for your bravery.

Last but not least:
My mom Joan Pinnock This show is dedicated to you and I can’t wait for you to see it! Mom you are my support and strength. You are my superhero. You are more than a mom! You are everything and more.

Love you all to the MOON AND BACK! Now off to write some more : ) #BodyCourage

Thank You!

Love, D

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