Holly preparing for her role in Stay
David Klein and Shiro in Flynn Workshop
Stay was first performed at The Vermont Playwrights Circle's TenFest, 2011, directed by Jeanne Beckwith, performed by Betty Macaffrey and Jake.
Stay was performed by Holly and Company at - incredibly - The New York State Psychological Associations Annual Convention, Saratoga NY, 2012.
There were several psychologists in the audience who bring their dogs into their therapy sessions as helpers.
In Other Minds I wanted to bring the profound connection between a human and her dog onto the stage. In my plays I have experimented with an actor playing a dog, and working with a real non-speaking dog. In an early version of Other Minds, done as a staged reading at The Waterfront Playhouse in Key West, an actor, Elizabeth Halbe, read the dog's lines from off stage.
Directed by Earl Halbe
I then did a workshop at Flynnspace in Burlington as part of a Flynn Artists Space Grant, and in this performance a real dog, Shiro, interacted with the actor Dog, David Klein, in a dreamlike way so that it seemed that Shiro morphed into Dog.
Directed by Irene Facciolo
As part of their Women Playwrights Series, Other Minds was done as a staged reading by Centenary Stage Company in New Jersey in 2012.
Directed by Margo Whitcomb
A monologue for actor and dog
We humans tell our dogs to stay, but are we ourselves any good at staying? When our children or dogs run off, out of sight, can we just sit and not try to follow? Don't we get very anxious? In this monologue the actor talks to her real dog who is onstage, and who responds to her changes in tone - calm, happy, upset, and at one point angry. The audience watches the subtle ways that dog and human respond to each other.