After a terrific debut of the new play, Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal, written and directed by Deborah B. Dickey, it seems appropriate to kick things off for a post-performance online discussion with just a few images of the actors at work. Their sensitive portrayals of the characters really brought life and energy to a story already rich in history, triumph, and profoundly meditative moments.
Carol Velasques-Richardson reading the part of a West Indian woman in Act I:
Carolyne Salt reading the part of Kay during Act I:
Carol Velasques-Richardson (left) reacting to Kathy Byrne during one of her British woman monologues from Act I:
The performance opened on Friday night at the Hippodrome Cinema to an over-capacity crowd, many of whom voiced nuanced and perceptive reflections and asked insightful questions during the post-performance talk-back. This dialog was an engaging part of the evening, made truly special by the combination of reflections from the audience and from panelists Deborah Dickey, Dr. Leah Rosenberg, Dr. Ryan Morini, and Dr. Anju Kaduvettoor.
In the next few related posts we would like to invite all of our wonderful online community members to add their reflections. We will use images and snippets from the play to spur this discussion, but the complex and varied experiences that reflect Canal Zone history certainly invite reflections far beyond the pages of the script. We look forward to hearing from you.