I will be playing the role of Vivian Bearing, in the wonderful play "Wit", at the Mansfield Music and Art Society, Mansfield, MA, from May 2 to May 18.
Wit tells her story --a scholar of 17th century poetry who has lived her life alone, in deep immersion with the poetic "metaphysical quandaries" of John Donne. Until her world is shattered by a diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic ovarian cancer.
Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.
3/24/2014, GIFT OF AN ORANGE
I recently traveled to New Orleans with the wonderful actors James Bocock, Richard Caines III and director Jackie Davis and musical director, Ukumbwa Sauti as a guest of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival to perform the role of Oshun in the play, "Gift of an Orange" by Charlene Donaghy.
Here's what the critics had to say:
"All three actors plunge unreservedly into their material, with Byron Walters' singing, chanting, intoning, dancing Oshun carrying a load that she wears ever so lightly. There is a beguiling elegance to the way she moves, and shapes the teasing phrases that emerge from her lips."
"Pulling the viewer in with some lovely musical sound effects and a performance by Dayenne C. Byron Walters that walks a knife’s edge between performance art histrionics and something more organically soulful, Orange was aided by the spring breeze, the sounds of men in other yards roughhousing, and the four orange trees in the courtyard’s center. Nice being only two blocks from where Williams’ lived. You get why he loved it so. As for Walters, I am still not sure if the performance she and Davis have collaboratively concocted is greatness or simply gravitationally absorbing. I-don’t-believe-what-I-am-watching can be said both ways.
No matter, you’ll stay with her until the end."