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Why Water Falls

solo performance · leigh curran, writer/performer/producer and mary pat gleason, director · Ages 15+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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MEGAN DOLAN certified reviewer June 13, 2015
I was excited to see Leigh's show because I've enjoyed talking to her at many of the Fringe events. She's poised and friendly and thoughtful. I was so moved by her very personal story. I felt like I was being let in on a secret. This is a story that needs to be told. There is a stigma for women of a certain age who don't have children or who have a certain ambivalence about having children and Leigh is opening up a dialogue about the complex emotions surrounding this issue. She approaches it with a wonderful balance of vulnerability and humor. I felt privileged to witness her journey. ... full review
JESSICA GERHARDT certified reviewer June 13, 2015
tagged as: vulnerability · Authentic · Raw · Truth · Love
Wow, Leigh really blew me away. I've known her pretty much my entire conscious life and really didn't know the depths of what has shaped her, the person she has become, and the passion she's pursued in life. Why Water Falls was raw, vulnerable, authentic, and moving. Brene Brown would have given this piece 5 stars for real whole-heartedness and true vulnerability. Through sharing her brokenness and woundedness, it actually helped to strengthen and create connection rather that set her apart. It ignited a spirit of solidarity and freedom in truth and love and humility. Such a wonderful experience. Profoundly encouraging. ... full review
JANE GALLOWAY certified reviewer June 14, 2015
We were a few minutes late, so I missed the explicit set-up, but I understood that the writer , played by Leigh Curran, had been assigned the creation of a "personal piece"...something about Integration, in the Jungian and not the Selma sense. The occasion that was calling forth the writing of this piece was, I believe, the author's /character's imminent retirement from the Virginia Avenue Project, which she founded and led for twenty-two years. Ms Curran explores the journey...the "lost babies" we all mourn as we make choices in a life. this particular walk though, is set in a time, in the early and mid 1970's, when so many American women were trying to understand how to have a life that did not mirror their own mother's frustrated caree... full review
KEN SAXON certified reviewer June 14, 2015
Loved "Why Water Falls." What a bravura performance. Filled with humor, sadness, and so much emotion drawn from an authentic human life. Leigh Curran was fantastic!... full review
MARIA PASQUARELLI certified reviewer June 15, 2015
I will be totally honest, I went to see this show out of curiosity and to support the fact that a woman in her 70s was going to be on stage, telling her story. This is not something that, in our society, we get to see very often. I knew nothing about the actual story line, but I knew I wanted to see it and I was far from disappointed. Leigh did an incredible job of holding space on stage for 80 minutes with multiple characters, a beautiful story and unwavering honesty. I highly recommend this show!... full review
IAN RUSKIN certified reviewer June 15, 2015
If ever there was a show that reveals the value of creatives muses, this is it, and all writers should see this. Anyone should see this who values gentle, reflective writing and moments of powerful passion. What a combination.... full review
DIANE HOLMES certified reviewer June 17, 2015
Poignant, insightful and funny! Had me laughing, crying and left me wanting more!... full review
CARLOS REQUEJO June 16, 2015
Leigh does an amazing job! Her writing is funny, poignant, witty, and sad, and does an incredible job of bringing you into her life. I encourage everyone to see it before it leaves L.A. And Mary Pat does a fantastic job directing Leigh!... full review
ELLEN BRAUN certified reviewer June 16, 2015
Leigh did an amazing job acting out parts of her life combining both facts and fiction. It is hard not to be touched by this amazing woman's struggles. Also, to be able to act out one's life if incredible in and of itself. This was a terrific show that brought me both laughter and tears. ... full review
KATE FUGLEI June 16, 2015
This is a courageous, funny and moving piece beautifully acted by Leigh Curran and directed with integrity and an eye toward bringing the audience ever closer to the heart of the matter. In this case, the heart is an unflinching examination of the performer's past decisions and their consequences. It manages to be both about her in a very personal and specific way and also about all of us and challenges us all to think about the decisions we in our own lives and how they have made us who we are. It feels active, not just reflective, and a journey well worth any audience taking. Kate Fuglei... full review

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