The answer, according to Alison Crane, is yes. Yes, you do.
In her debut play, The Abduction of Becky Morris, Crane introduces Becky Morris, a “slightly psychic,” very pregnant Oklahoma woman trying to reconnect with her past while struggling to figure out her future.
The quirky, dark comedy premieres this month in the 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.
Like her protagonist, Crane grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. During that time, she was a regular in college productions, Shakespeare in the Park and Carpenter Square Theatre.
But it was not until later that she discovered her true talent in writing plays, as well as acting in them.
Abduction began as a dream Crane had about a boy who’d had a crush on her in high school.
“I don’t know many people who haven’t felt unrequited love or had a crush,” she said. “I woke up and started writing the play. I wrote about two scenes, and then I came back to it again a couple years ago, and it sort of finished itself.”
With the help of producer Bradley Campbell, director AJ Cermak and a small cast, Crane used read-throughs and workshops to fine-tune the script. Seven or eight drafts later, it was ready for submission to the Fringe Festival.
Each year, hundreds of plays are considered. Becky Morris is one of the few to make the cut.
“It’s the question of ‘What if our lives had been different?’” said Cermak. “What if we had taken a different path, where would we end up? It’s about rescue, redemption and survival, and [I] think that really speaks to a universal audience.”
Crane plays the title character.
Working alongside Cermak and the cast, she said, has given her a new perspective of the theater.
“I love seeing my castmates inhabit those characters and bring them to life in a way that’s even better than I imagined when I wrote it,” said Crane. “This is not something I could have accomplished without a whole bunch of other wonderful people.”