Harvey Williams’ entry into 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival, and mom.com/roadway features two of Kansas City’s established actresses, Claudia Coppage and Brie Henderson, in a 30-minute piece that allows consumers to explore the situation were both are allowed to evolve with the characters.
Soccer mom, afflicted with uncontrollable road rage, has just been awarded driver of the year award by the local grade schools PTO. Her offer of a ride home to the head of the PTO turns into more of an experience than either one expects.
Henderson’s driving becomes frantic when another driver pushes her but and forces her into an aggressive driving mode. As the story develops, and she explains what she meant when she lost her husband and child. While she waited her story, her passenger warns of her story offers assistance, and comes to an understanding of the soccer mom.
The piece is short, sweet, and moves quickly toward resolution. Because it’s a two-person piece in a close setting (a car) only one topic resolves itself quickly. Give lots of credit to the two actresses and the director for keeping the piece tight, moving and well focused.
Harvey Williams, director and producer always seems to find good scripts and then matches the with the correct talents to make his pieces special. This particular piece, though short, allows both actresses to create a character, develop that character, and then change their characters as the piece unfolds. Brevity does not take back seat. This is a good, strong piece of acting.