Even now as I write this, I miss CC. This tough, wary, wiry, Appalachian girl was one of the most difficult and most rewarding characters I've played up to this point, and I only wish I could have had more time with her.
For those of you who missed it, here are a couple of reviews that give a sense of the world of the play:
"The show, powerfully directed by Lucinda Merry-Browne, brings together a diverse group of women in a Baltimore halfway house who form friendships and lifelines as they struggle to remain afloat in the rapids of life.They are fragile, damaged, hurt. Most of the women are or have been prostitutes, drug users or both. Some use heroin – a rising problem in central Maryland – some love the thrill of the drug speed. As young kids, almost all were thrown out of their parents’ homes or abandoned to the streets."
- Wendi Winters, DC Metro Theater Arts
"Ali Evarts plays CC, who comes to the halfway house clearly in anguish. She has, for the moment, escaped a life of prostitution, and her busy, antsy fingers can’t stay away from her hair. She is thin; seemingly small, like a wounded animal waiting to be hurt again. [...] Evarts’ CC shines in a speech that begins, “I’m a bad mommy. You know when you’re a bad mommy.” The pain and loss cut to the quick; Evarts has really connected with the real agony of the loss of CC’s daughters. She has lost everything, what little she ever had, and is burdened with a secret she cannot tell."
- Joshua Engel, Theatre Bloom
"Henley’s impulse to report truthfully about her subject battles with a poetic instinct as the women bicker, commiserate and yearn for better things. There’s a mystery about a vanished girl and her mother’s search, and about a pair of kids’ shoes that gets swiped and leads to a war between a jumpy white woman (an edgy Ali Evarts) and a hot-tempered pregnant black woman (Ayune’ Boone)."
- Nelson Pressley, Washington Post