Listed in Top 5 list for Outstanding Ensemble and Top 10 list for Outstanding Shows of 2017 by Dustin Britt of Triangle Arts & Entertainment.
A Cultural & Musical Collage set in 1950's Appalachia
Performed at a fast clip and with the fervor of a deep woods jamboree!
"I'm still not certain if I was moved in places by something holy, or by the naked needs of the humans before me—needs that were met in some cases and not in others. Perhaps they're one and the same, in the end. Still, I can report, without doubt, that I was moved." - Byron Woods, INDY Week Magazine, April 19, 2017
Dominique Barnes, BRANDON COOKE, Sarah Dale, Evit Emerson,
Amber Oliver, Alexandra Petkus, Kara Phelps, Margery Rinaldi,
Rick Skarbez and Chadwick Thompson
"This crew delivers as much narrative as an Arthur Miller play with only 5% of the talking. Each member of Ward’s company sheds skin, muscle, and bone until we discover a long, taut tendon, connecting an actor’s brain and a character’s heart–the perfect melding of thinking and feeling. This company’s Meisner-based preparations have allowed them to let go of the actor’s preoccupation with mechanics."
- Dustin Britt, Triangle Arts & Entertainment, April 18
Performance DATES: April 2 - May 7, 2017 Audience Reviews
"At first I didn't know what to expect because it's off the beaten path for a theater, however it was a Hidden Gem in Durham!" -Andy Gamboa
"I'm not easily transported to another place and time, but this show did. I am grateful to the cast and crew for such a complete, authentic, moving experience that was elevating to my heart and soul - thank you so very much!"
- William David Brown
"Brilliant original production of Revival. Each actor was so uniquely cast into his or her role, drawing the audience into a mesmerizing hour. Kudos to the entire cast, and deep bow to Wendy Ward for directing a true original." -Jenny Brews
“I was very impressed that you conceived and wrote the play as well as acted, sang and danced in it. I also appreciated the fact that you treated the religious subject respectfully…I had expected the play to ridicule revivals the way many performances do, and I enjoyed being wrong. You did a great job!”
- Bev Ward
Wendy Ward and members of the cast discuss REVIVAL on WHUP with Wayne Leonard (about 22 minutes into broadcast). Listen here: https://whupfm.org/episode/lights-up-32917-permanent-archive/