Comments from folks invited to sit in on rehearsal for ERIC(A)

Kay Shean

Kay Shean

Performing a solo play is a crazy adventure, one that Teresa Sanderson is currently enmeshed in with ERIC(A).  We’re at the point where we need at least one person in the audience each rehearsal for her to play to – below are thoughts from those who assisted us in this capacity over the weekend.

When Jerry offered to let me watch a rehearsal of ERIC(A) because I will be out of town for the run of the show I assumed that was what I’d see . . . a rehearsal.  A little less than wo weeks out from opening I expected glimpses of what would develop in the next 12 days surrounded by the growing pains of a show.

Now mind you, I know full well the incredible talents of Jerry Rapier, Matt Bennett and Teresa Sanderson, but still . . . this would be a rehearsal and they are a full two weeks out.

What I was privileged to see was so much more. It was a thought provoking, fully realized and extremely moving piece. Teresa’s Eric is not only someone I was delighted to meet, but a person I want to invite to dinner. Someone I want to know better. I definitely wanted more time with him than the just over one hour allotted to me by the length of the show.

I read Matt’s statement that he “couldn’t stop thinking about Eric.” I can’t either and for that I say a huge “Thank you” to Matt, Jerry, Teresa and Plan-B.

Kay Shean
February 16, 2013

 

Kai Medina Martinez

Kai Medina Martinez

I went to a rehearsal for ERIC(A) today. It’s a powerful play about an older FAAB (Female Assigned At Birth) transman. The themes that came up were love, family, relationships, community, aging, loneliness, self-empowerment, religion and body image. Because there are not many older transmen narratives, I encourage all to see the play.

Kai Medina Martinez
February 16, 2013


Michael Canham with Teresa Sanderson (pre-ERIC(A) haircut)

Michael Canham with Teresa Sanderson (pre-ERIC(A) haircut)

I was lucky to sit in on a dynamite rehearsal today for ERIC(A). This show is something that I found enlightening, entertaining, informative and quite amazing. It is a one-person show that gives us an honest and correct account of the life of a transgender man, his past life, his current life and his struggles. I sat and watched my friend Teresa Sanderson transform into this character Eric.  Teresa is is close to a few friends I have who are similar to Eric. The words I used to describe this gem of a performance were delicate, real, tender, innocent, strong, visual, honest and correct. I applaud and commend playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on the beautiful writing. I give great credit to Jerry Rapier on his direction of this show that NEEDS to be seen, understood and accepted and to the actress Teresa – who has done miles of work mentally and physically for this role.  Please . . . I beg you . . . do not miss this beautiful show.

Michael Canham
February 17, 2013

 

Matthew Ivan Bennett’s ERIC(A) receives its world premiere at Plan-B Theatre Company February 28-March 10, 2013.  Performed by Teresa Sanderson and directed by Jerry Rapier.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah board president Candice Metzler raves about ERIC(A)
Matthew Ivan Bennett on creating ERIC(A)

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