Kitty Mortland

Actor / Musician

Fresh Fruit Festival

A little over a week ago, I got an email from Jordan Bean, a woman with whom I've worked on a couple of projects now, asking if I would perform in a short piece that was to be part of the Fresh Fruit Festival. I thought the script was cute, and I am a fan of Jordan, so I agreed to do it. She got the rest of the cast together, we had a few rehearsals, and last night we performed Brokendown House on the first night of the short play festival. The audience was great, the festival was fun, and I got to see some other friends from shows past. It was a lot of fun.

The icing on the cake, though, was that our piece, Brokendown House, won the Audience Favorite award. They liked us, they really liked us! In fairness, it is a sweet little piece, and the women I shared the stage with are so lovely, but it was a little surprising as I don't think anyone I knew was in the audience so it wasn't necessarily a stacked vote. But it means the piece will have a slot in the larger play festival thrown by the Fresh Fruit Festival in July, which is exciting.

So congratulations to our playwright, Lezlie Revelle, to our director Jordan Bean, and to the two wonderful women with whom I got to share a stage, Naomi McDougall Graham and Sue-Ellen Mandell! Thank you for letting me be part of this. And thank you to the Fresh Fruit Festival for organizing the event, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe for hosting, and everyone who was in the audience for coming out and supporting the festival! See you in July!

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