Thank you Lipstick Project for your production of Romeo & Juliet.
Thank you for presenting it in a way that I've never seen before and doubt I will ever see again. At first I found it conceptually odd but as the play progressed, I found it to be highly effective.
Thank you for presenting a production, so compelling, so interesting, so gleefully disturbing, it's stayed with me since last week.
Thank you Rachel Schulte for directing this piece with clarity and guiding your actresses to clear comprehension of every word spoken. The result was intriguing, thought-provoking and added a new dimension to the tale of two houses divided.
Thank you Julia Oster Falkenburg and Rebecca Stempel for your triumphant performances as the tragic title characters. You both were the right amount of innocence and savvy I hoped for.
Thank you to Alexandria Erin for practically stealing the show with every scene you were in.
Thank you to just an absolutely astounding company of actresses. Which included, Elizabeth Ashkins, Haley Besser, Alyssa Krystyne, Daniela Sawyer , Joey Michelle, Claire Howland Kenny, Crystal Gonzalez, Brittany Leigh, Amber Mason, Jess Rodi, and Kelly Kilmer. Each one of you were fantastic and pitch perfect in each of your roles.
But most of all, thank you for using this performance to raise money for To Write Love on Her Arms. They are a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. As someone who has dealt with this issue on a personal level, it meant the world to me that you used this cause to not only help fund with this performance but also used it for inspiration within the show itself.
Thank you the fellow audiences who got to see this memorable and emotional performance. I only wish more had the chance to see it. This was my first Lipstick Project experience, but it certainly won't be the last.