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"Two fixtures in the local theater scene are bringing a one-woman show about Georgia O'Keeffe to Dallas, in Lucinda McDermott's play called O'Keeffe! The show is directed by Ouida White and stars Carolyn Wickwire in the title role." 
Press Release

March 23, 2012

Onstage in Theatre Too at Theatre Three: O’KEEFFE!

(Dallas, Texas) Theatre Three will host an Artist’s Project, the one-woman play O’Keeffe! by Lucinda McDermott, produced by Flower and Bone Productions, starring Carolyn Wickwire and directed by Ouida White. The Dallas premiere of this play and world premiere performances of this production will be in Theatre Too. Performances begin Friday, April 20, 2012 and continue through Sunday, April 22, 2012.

GEORGIA: How, where, when I was born is unimportant and dull, dull, dull. It is the choices I made and how I made them that should be of interest.
--From O’KEEFFE!

Two forces shaped Georgia O’Keeffe as an artist and a woman: her passionate quest to find and express her artistic voice, and her tumultuous love affair and 31-year marriage to the revolutionary photographer and champion of the Modern Art Movement, Alfred Stieglitz. In O’KEEFFE! Georgia–witty, irreverent and decades ahead of her time–shares revealing scenes from her challenging life as she asks the audience to help her decide whether her iconic place in Modern Art was shaped by “me or Stieglitz?”.

O’Keeffe! premiered at Shafer Street Theatre on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, performed by Lucinda McDermott, directed by Roger Mrazek, January 1992. In New York, it was performed by McDermott at Primary Stages, the William Redfield Theatre, One Dream Theatre, and the Third Step Theatre; regionally at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia under the direction of Jere Lee Hodgin; and on tour through the North and Southeast United States, and in Bermuda.

About the Playwright: Lucinda McDermott
Ms. McDermott holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia. Productions of her work include: Feeding On Mulberry Leaves at the Barter Theatre (premiere) and the University of Virginia (workshop); Bricks at City Theatre in Miami and the University of Wisconsin; and O'Keeffe! at Primary Stages and the William Redfield Theatre in New York City; Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia; Daylesford Theatre in Bermuda; and elsewhere in theatres, museums and arts centers throughout the U.S. Commissions include plays for The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia; The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina; the Generic Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia; and Primary Stages in New York City. Ms. McDermott is a director and actor (she originated the role of Georgia O'Keeffe in O'Keeffe!). She has taught playwriting for The Governor's School of the Arts in Virginia; at Radford University; through InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and was playwright-in-residence at Playworks of North Carolina. She has taught theatre courses at the University of Virginia; Old Dominion University, Virginia; Commonwealth University; Hampton University; as well as workshops throughout the country and for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Ms. McDermott lives in the mountains of Virginia with her husband and two children. 

About Georgia O’Keeffe:
Georgia O'Keeffe was born November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She studied art, but feeling stymied by traditional methods and forced to earn her living, she quit painting for several years. Befriended and encouraged by Alon Bement, she began to paint again. A friend sent some of her drawings to Alfred Stieglitz. His reaction to her drawings was overwhelming, stating "At last, a woman on paper!" When he exhibited her drawings without her permission, she demanded that he take them down. He refused. She relented. Thus began “Stieglitz and O’Keeffe.” In 1923, Stieglitz held a major exhibit of O'Keeffe's work at the Anderson Galleries. The following year, Stieglitz and his wife of 31 years divorced and he and Georgia married. That year she painted the flower series for which she would become famous. Years later, suffocated by his large and demanding family, she traveled to New Mexico, and found a spiritual and artistic home. She returned every summer until 1946, when her husband died. Only then did she move from New York and permanently reside in New Mexico, She died, March 6, 1986 at the age of 98. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered over her beloved 'faraway.'


About Flower and Bone Productions:
Flower and Bone was established in 2011 by Ms. Wickwire and Mr. West to produce Lucinda McDermott’s O’KEEFFE!

About Flower and Bone’s production of O’KEEFFE!:
Ouida White is directing this production. Carolyn Wickwire appears as Georgia O’Keeffe. Set design by Ouida White; master carpenter Dennis West, with color consultation from Jennifer Owen. Costumes by Aaron Patrick Turner. Lighting by Nathan Mills.
Special music by Nomad with the assistance of Eddie Tann.

​"April 20-22, Dallas theatre audiences will be graced with a rare treat. One of our region’s leading actresses, Carolyn Wickwire, directed by another distinguished Dallas based performance artist, Ouida White, will perform Lucinda McDermott’s 1991 one woman play “O’Keeffe!” at Theatre Too, graciously hosted as an “artist’s project” by Theatre Three. Drawn directly from O’Keeffe’s diaries, letters and biographic documents, the play shares much of the persona and the psyche of this remarkable woman, a loner, a devoted lover, an ambitious artist, an exacting genius with a paintbrush."
TheaterJones.com (Review)
'Wickwire transforms herself as she externalizes O'Keeffe's personal world, through direct address or interactive scene recreation. Her Georgia charms and challenges, instructs and admonishes, seduces and engages the audience, always brutally honest and totally committed to her art and the world-class photographer Alfred Stieglitz, her life partner, whom she affectionately calls 'Old Crow.' "
Dallas Voice
​"We’re big fans here of Carolyn Wickwire. The local actress plays everything from doyennes to bag ladies (like in the recently closed Superior Donuts)."
Examiner.com (Review)
"It was such a lovely, illuminating experience to share Georgia O’Keeffe’s journey with Wickwire. Her performance is so confident, frank and relaxed. She inhabits a titanic (though I imagine taciturn) figure like this artist, who stunned viewers and forever changed the face of painting, with grace and radiance. When she climbs a ladder or onto a sofa to share a life-altering moment from her history, it’s almost as if she’s channeling O’Keeffe. It all feels so spontaneous, so genuine, so intelligent. McDermott’s text is perfect for Wickwire, as it expounds on the often harrowing, sometimes quirky, profoundly moving episodes from O’Keeffe’s remarkable life. By sharing her story, simply, directly (yet with quiet panache) Wickwire makes the whole, frantic spectacle accessible."
Big Bend Sentinel (Interview)
"Marfa Live Arts presents 'O’Keefe,' a one-woman show about the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe at 7pm Saturday at the Crowley Theater in Marfa. Here’s an interview with acclaimed actress Carolyn Wickwire."
Comments from Marfa Audience Members
"Thank you so much for bringing ‘O'Keefe’ to the Crowley Theater. Carolyn Wickwire was as delicious and full of surprise as a meal at Cochineal. As an artist and a woman I was inspired and moved. It is so hard to balance love and art and it was comforting to see the issues of a complex life simplified into a bite-sized meal. I will savor it for a long time to come.”

“My muse and I went to Marfa, TX last night to watch Carolyn Wickwire transform herself into Georgia O’Keeffe in the play titled ‘O’Keeffe’. Ms. Wickwire was mesmerizing in her metamorphoses and at times I felt I was watching and hearing the real Ms. O’Keeffe.”

“We both wanted to thank you for producing and bringing O'Keeffe to Marfa. We had a great time! We both thought Carolyn Wickwire was really inspiring to watch. The set design was terrific. All a pleasure for fans of figurative art."

The Paris News
‘O’Keeffe!’ to be at Paris Community Theatre
 One woman show

Actress to bring show to her hometown stage

Carolyn Wickwire, who was the Paris High School 1954 class valedictorian, now owns a theater production company.

The last time Carolyn Wickwire was on stage before an audience in her home town of Paris, it was as a dowdy schoolteacher in her senior class play, “You Can’t Kiss Caroline.”

That was in 1954.

Last week, Wickwire, now a professional actress and co-owner of her own theater production company, was in Paris to check out the facilities at Paris Community Theatre, where in February, she will perform a one-woman show, “O’Keeffe!,” written by Lucinda McDermott, for three performances.

It took Wickwire a while to become a professional thespian.

“I began acting at the age of 51, after I retired from my job at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,” said the slender, white-haired actress. “After graduating from SMU, I thought about a career in the theater, but I opted for financial security instead. I started as a secretary, and by the time I retired in 1988, I was administrator of the medical center’s department of internal medicine. I worked and saved money and now I am able to act without waiting on tables between jobs.”

Carolyn Garvin Wickwire was valedictorian of the Paris High School class of 1954. Classmates remember her as intellectual and well-respected. She was editor of the new school newspaper, The Cat’s Tale; was a good orator; and won academic awards in Latin and biology. She was the district winner of the American Legion Oratorical Contest, and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Married for 31 years to Marty Wickwire, who passed away in 2000, the mother of four stepchildren and eventual grandmother of five, indulged her passion for acting occasionally over the years, and eventually enrolled in the Dallas Theater Center’s four-year adult education program.

After retirement, Wickwire decided to return to her first passion, acting. She found work in a number of commercials and industry films produced in the Dallas area, before being cast in theater productions including “Superior Donuts” at Theatre Too, “The Royal Family” and “The Mousetrap” at Theatre Three, “Beauty Queen of Leenane” at Quad C, “A Skull in Connemara” at Stage West and Second Thought Theater, “The Women” and “The Blue Moon Dancing” at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, “Equus” with the Uptown Players, “Morning’s at Seven” at Richardson Theatre Centre and others. She has also appeared in several movies filmed in the Dallas area as well as in the television series “In Plain Sight” and “Prison Break.”

About a year and a half ago, Wickwire and her friend and business partner Dennis West began to consider a plan to mount a one-woman show and formed a production company. An interest and fascination with the life and art of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe drew Wickwire to a play writing in the early 90s by Lucinda McDermott.

“O’Keeffe was such a complex woman. She struggled all her life to maintain her independence and to find her own voice,” said Wickwire. “She struggled to balance her love for her work with her very deep love for pioneering photographer Alfred Stieglitz. He was controlling and as complex as she was and in order to keep her sanity, they lived apart for many months out of each year, yet they remained together until his death.”

“They were very much alike in the way they worked,” she added. “There’s a line in the play where she says ‘He’s trying to do with light what I’m trying to do with paint.’”

Wickwire and West named their production company Flower and Bone productions for two of the elements that appear often in O’Keeffe’s work. They hired a director, Ouida White, and began contacting professional and community theaters across New Mexico and Texas. They have also taken the play to Kansas City and have talked with theaters in Oregon and California about mounting productions.

Wickwire contacted former Paris High classmate and long-time Paris Community Theatre member Charlie Thompson about bringing the play to Paris. Thompson and his wife, Ruth, welcomed Wickwire and West at a reception last week that included other PHS graduates and members of the production board of PCT.

“O’Keeffe” will open for three shows on Feb. 15-17. Tickets will be $10.

Wickwire said she would not have done a one-woman show, even 10 years ago, but finds risk-taking to her liking these days. She has recently tried white water rafting and sail plane flying and made a parachute jump at the age of 75.

“There’s no doubt the older I get the more adventurous I become,” she said. “I was lucky. Acting was always my passion. I was not retiring from something as much as I was retiring to what I’d always wanted to do.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
​"When Wickwire disappears into the character of O'Keeffe most believably are those times when she talks about her physical inspirations -- the flowers, bones, desert. When she describes how she longs to again see a 'sea of sage,' for instance, O'Keeffe profoundly delivers the 'why.'"

​Roswell Daily Record
"Wickwire was enchanting as O'Keeffe . . . She moved quickly from the floor, up a ladder, lying on a chaise, but always with youthful enthusiasm . . .  A well-deserved standing ovation followed Carolyn Wickwire's final words as O'Keeffe."

​2012 in North Texas Theatre: From A Feminist Lens 
"A Binder Full of Actors:
I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.  --Georgia O'Keeffe.
Fearless veracity. Vulnerability. Craftsmanship. Charisma. Oceanic depth.
1. Carolyn Wickwire . . . "

KEDU Radio Interview with Jamie Estes (Ruidoso, NM)
Columbia Daily Tribune
Thanks to Bill Clark for listing O'Keeffe! as one of the year's best theater performances in Columbia, MO!
​Taos News
​""Creative playwriting is a blend of crafts. The dialogue must engage and the theatrical expression must entrance the audience. These two outstanding qualities are evident in 'O’KEEFFE!'."
Dallas Morning News
"Lucinda McDermott’s script doesn’t content itself with helping us understand the woman behind the canvas. From the moment the magnetic Carolyn Wickwire strides on the modestly designed set, tells us bluntly that she’s dead and here to set the record straight, it’s clear a bigger goal is afoot. This is the journey of a woman who disdains what she dismissively calls 'pretty pictures.'"