A walk down memory lane with Girl Friday

May 1, 2015



Last month, we asked for you to share your favorite memories. We’ve had a blast sifting


through all the joy you’ve experienced with the Girl Friday family. Here are a few that caught 


our eye and warmed our hearts.



Among many amazing memories, Girl Friday regular Sam Landman had these gems to share:


On Street Scene


“Joel Sass' set design made this whole thing all too real. When an actor can walk around 


on a set and it suddenly becomes home, there's not a better feeling in the world. It's like 


the right costume. You aren't playing a character. You ARE that character.”


On Our Town


“My first monologue as The Stage Manager was the scariest, most invigorating moments 


in the show for me. The fact that I'd been entrusted with revealing the town to the 


audience at the top of the show made me giddy. And I looked forward to that 


moment every, single night.”


On An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf


“There was something about being sequestered in that little kitchen area, only popping 


my head out occasionally, that I really enjoyed. The world of being in a tiny space, 


surrounded by cooking utensils, miming the life of a chef, really clicked for me. I give our 


brilliant set designer (Steve Kath) full credit for that feeling of total immersion.”



For dramaturg, Kit Gordon, the opportunity to step out of her role left a lasting impression:


“One of the joys of working and playing with a small theatre company is the unexpected 


opportunity to learn new things: very early on, when we produced An Empty Plate, I was 


drafted to run the light board--something I'd never done before. I did this a few more 


times during the run of Our Town as well: a little scary for a dramaturg, but lots of fun.”



Sound Designer, Katharine Horowitz, shared:


“To this day, one of my top five favorite sound cues, and one of the most fun to create, 


remains "The History of the World In One Minute” for The Skin of our Teeth.”



Take a listen here.



And for Artistic Director, Kirby Bennett, these incredible moments she experienced as a producer stood out:



“Meeting audience member Steve from Colorado, who flew in to town for one night to 


see Camino Real because he loved the play and had never had a chance to see it 




“Seeing our full team for Street Scene with 26 actors and a dozen or more production 


team assembled around the table for the first read through. Craig and I looked at each 


other and mutually said “ok, now I’m nervous!” Fast forward a few months to the Ivey 


Awards and Craig accepting his award for directing Street Scene.”



Craig Johnson is returning to direct The Matchmaker for Girl Friday Productions this summer at 


the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre.  All of us at Girl Friday are looking 


forward to the new memories we will create with you in this new space and in our future 





Still want to share your memory? Send us a message on our website or leave a comment on our 


Facebook page. 





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