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In the late 70’s, I visited one of Georgia O’Keeffe's last exhibits, which was at the Whitney Museum in New York City. I became aware that from 1916 to 1918 she had taught school and lived in Canyon, Texas, only a couple of hundred miles north of where I grew up. I recognized the landscape in her Palo Duro Canyon work. She be­came a kind of bridge for me to appreciate my own childhood landscape and to under­stand where I was born.

I have had the privilege of researching Georgia O’Keeffe at the Whitney and the Met­ropolitan Museums in New York, at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Archives in Santa Fe, all in New Mexico. I have visited Canyon, Texas and the Palo Duro Canyon on the west Texas plains. Georgia once said, "Texas is my spiritual home."

The first words for Georgia & Me were put on paper in writing classes given by Ruth
Herman at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, Mass.

Matt Hoverman's "How to Create Your Own Solo Show Workshop." was
where Georgia & Me was developed into a play format. Matt is New
York’s premier solo show teacher/coach and was winner of the
2006 FringeNYC award for Outstanding Playwright. Matt's
website is: http://www.createyourownsoloshow.com.

Georgia & Me has been further developed under the tutelage of dramaturge
Zoya Kachadurian.
(Nov 2014)

 

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