The How and the Why directed by Diana Cameron McQueen comes to Sonorous Road August 25. Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
McQueen is no stranger to the triangle theater scene. She has been an active audience member her whole life and in 2010 decided to give acting a spin. "I never thought myself to be an actor, but I decided to try it in 2010 and haven’t looked back. It’s one of the most thrilling and fulfilling parts of my life and I aim to do more." Last year she starred in Venus and Fur at Raleigh Little Theatre, a two person show by David Ives, which exposed her to the intensity these small shows have to offer.
Enter The How and the Why and the Women's Theatre Festival. McQueen hadn't really considered directing until reading this script and the Festival offered the opportunity. "That [the festival] gave me unprecedented support and opportunity to break into directing. I felt the impact I could make with this show as a director would be much more important and larger than if I had been in it."
McQueen has expressed extreme gratitude to be working with a very experienced cast and crew. Starring Rozlyn Sorrell (Vocal Precision Studio, A Raisin in the Sun, Ruined, Master Class) and Carly Prentis-Jones (The Color Purple, The Wiz, Mr Burns), both actors bring a lot to the table. "Working with them and watching them take this brilliant script and use it to express even rarer experiences seen on stage is a treasure and an honor."
When the Festival came into being, McQueen was excited by the opportunity for women to participate in theatre as they always have but now to have the power to inspire, influence, and point out some of the gender disparity in the art. As the festival has progressed, she has come to see the festival as an opportunity to give women a chance to grow and learn, to dive into theatre in a supportive and inclusive environment. "It’s the opportunity to be the best we are and show everyone, and help each other grow and achieve and create more."
The How and the Why promises to be a wonderful, thought-provoking production. Get your tickets now and check out our complete schedule.