Margery and Me

Margery and Me
Written and Performed by Moira MacDonald

Studio Fall 2012 REDCAT

Directed by Julianne Just
Assistant Director Genevieve Gearhart
Music Composed by Chris Porter
Video Design by Gina Napolitan
Puppeters: Jesse Kingsley, Baxley Andersen, Matthew Barmberg-Johnson

Margery and Me explores and challenges the idea of biography and autobiography. It examines how we understand and tell another person’s story, and in doings so, how the story becomes our own.

Margery and Me was inspired by The Book of Margery Kempe. Written in the Middle Ages, the book is widely regarded as the first English autobiography, detailing Margery’s mystical experiences, conversations with God, and many pilgrimages. Despite being a fascinating historical figure with an incredible rich and diverse life, what makes Margery Kempe’s story so deeply compelling is how remarkably flawed and human she is throughout. Margery never hides what makes her different, her faults, her flaws, for they are the essence of she, they are gifts from God. Blessed with the gift of tears, Margery seeks for her place in the world, her God, her home. Through this meditation on Margery’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, writer and performer, Moira MacDonald seeks to find her own truth by accessing and giving voice to Margery’s interior world through her own quest for home, struggles with faith, and vivid memories of childhood in Alaska.