ALICE at Dramatists Guild in New York 2011

ALICE at Dramatists Guild with Ruiz-Isasi and Storms

A snowy day in New York, January 7, 2011, but despite the challenge of the inclement weather ALICE (An Evening with the Tart-tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth) appeared at the Dramatists Guild, located in Times Square. Charles Markis was a wonderful “ghost voice” of Alice’s father, Theodore Roosevelt; Phillip Sprayberry gave helpful directorial advice and support. Raymond Storms (R.) served as stage manager and handled the sound cues. It was delightful to see Daniel Ruiz-Isasi (L.). Both Ruiz-Isasi and Storms are former students of the New World School of the Arts (Miami) and it is wonderful to relish each of their own success stories in N.Y. We were delighted that Kitty Felde (the playwright) and her clever husband, Tad were able to attend. Kitty wrote “The utter humanity of ALICE was laid bare onstage … a very brave and moving performance.”  Other comments …. as an actor “you really draw audience along with you.” In this performance Alice showed “moments of pain, trauma, and empathy.” “…a pleasure to watch a skilled performer work.” Charles Markis, a well-known authority of the Roosevelt family provided welcome insight into the history of Alice and her father.

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About Joy Davidson

Joy Davidson, mezzo-soprano, began her career with a professional debut in Rossini’s Cenerentola with Greater Miami Opera and went on to sing 45 roles throughout Europe and North America. Since her retirement from the operatic and concert stage, Joy has returned to the theatre with performances as Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS (Terrance McNally) and two one woman dramas: MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas (Alma H. Bond) and ALICE: An Evening with the Tart-Tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Kitty Felde). Recent performances of these plays have been at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida, the Kravis/Rinker Center for the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL and Colorado State University in conjunction with Opera Fort Collins. ALICE sold out 5 performances at the Capital Fringe Festival, Washington D.C. July, 2011. Miss Davidson garnered rave reviews for her performance as the NURSE in MEDEA (Euripedes/Jeffers) for Theatre Conspiracy in March 2011. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts presented Miss Davidson in another one-woman tour de force, TEA AT FIVE (Matthew Lombardo), which captures the fiery spirit of Katharine Hepburn, March 11, 12, 2012.