When I first read Roe V. Wade, my attention went immediately to the character Frank. In the era of #metoo there’s familiarity to the archetype of a man in a women’s movement. I knew I wanted to portray him.
Although it interested me, I read him as an antagonist at first. His delicate ego seems to make him little more than an obstacle to his wife, Allison, one of the main protagonists of the play.
All judgements aside, as I began to explore Frank more deeply, I began to see there was more to him. I thought about second wave feminism during the era of Roe V. Wade, specifically the idea that the personal is political. Frank’s political beliefs are in opposition with who society has told him to be as a person. As a man, he may want to see and treat women as equals, but the image of manhood in his time is too rigid to fit that.
Frank’s struggle is one that many of us face, to become oneself in spite of oneself. To overcome the trauma and propaganda inflicted on us, personal and political, and try to become the best version of ourselves.
Thank you all to my company, Devin and Chevon, our stage managers; and to Rosalyn for her charity, leadership and compassion. We put this thing together with NO BUDGET, that’s true power.
Past credits include Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth) and Macbeth (Macbeth). Check out my resume or follow me on instagram below @grxxnbxrg.