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~ Francine Conley ~

"I Swear I Can Fly" (2007)


My current show, I Swear I Can Fly! came first as a challenge from Neal Radice, Artistic Director of the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, New York. After seeing Lost and Found Neal challenged me to create a longer version show of Purses, Windows and Shoes. I was set to stage the play at the Alleyway in February 2007 but was deterred by the happy accident of my pregnancy and our son's birth this April. In so many words, this great deus ex machina had its own consequences on the nature of I Swear I Can Fly!, a show originally intended to stir up old stories about flying or the desire thereof. I had to pause that urge and succumb to the gravity of not performing after the eighth month... Just when I thought I was stuck at the fork in a very pregnant road fate snatched this play and took it on Bob Frost's lesser known 'other' path.

Now it promises in place of a revival of old stories a mix of new ones about just that: the caesura and other surprises women and men experience pregnant and beyond. Like after twenty hours of hard labor, the stories I have collected and begun to reassemble for this play will make you laugh, cry, and swear you can fly too!

-July 2007

"I Swear I Can Fly!" ~ Francine Conley, 2007
Photographer: Scott Pakudaitus