Escape from Paradise
"Escape from Paradise," takes Regina Taylor deeper and further into her unique style of neo-surrealism, producing an extraordinary odyssey through her mind and spirit.
It's a one-of-a-kind one-woman show, performed with astonishing energy and force by Taylor as she explores-in a myth of her own making-her family, her heritage, her wildest dreams.
Her heroine is Jenine, a writer wishing to get away from it all with a trip to romantic Italy. She begins with a taxi ride in Manhattan and ends with a gondola trip in Venice, but in her play, the fun, and terror, is in between, in the process of the journey.
This is not a standard guided tour, but rather a frenetic, electric trip through the ghosts, dead memories, forgotten incidents and immediate family of her past.
In Jenine's journey, it is always 3 a.m., a time in the middle of nowhere in which she spills out stream-of-consciousness impressions of her sister, brother, mother, father, friends. She writes of them from deep inside her; at one point, her writing shows up on the walls of the stage, projected there in a blood-red color.
The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove
The Goodman Theatre, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival Crowns, & McCarter/ Second Stage