While I was pitching an idea, to perform iconic sexy scenes for my master’s project, my professor, who is amazing, and liberal, and progressive, told me: “You can do those scenes Liz, but we can’t escape the idea that beauty is beauty, and people just want to see the beautiful.”
Immediately I thought, well — fuck that.
What is this play about?
MORAG: This show is about a woman (liz), learning to love herself, despite being told over and over again, to hate herself.
LIZ: It’s about bodies and boys and God.
Can you tell us about your process?
MORAG: Yes — I wrote a script. Scratched the whole of it. Decided it would be better for me to just listen — and then I wrote that.
LIZ: Morag Shepherd leaned close while I whispered my secrets and my shames, and then she turned and whispered them to a 300,000,000 year old tree. The same tree that tempted Eve. And then the tree bore fruit that was sweet and hard to reach.
LIZ: Ok, that’s not how it happened. In this reality we sat in a room and laughed and cried, and she wrote down everything she could and then asked me to give it a body and a voice. What we have come up with is the scariest, most satisfying moment of theater I have ever been involved in.
I am laying it all down at your feet.
It’s yours now.
Come take me. It.
Come collect your prize.
Do You Want to See Me Naked
featuring Elizabeth Golden, Directed by Morag Shepherd
at The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival — July 28-August 6