While this video was done of a workshop performance, the play has gone on to win two awards at the United Solo Festival in New York City! Best Documentary Play and Best Lighting Design. The Bark & The Tree is also a featured Encore performance for United Solo 2014!
This is a rough cut of a recent workshop performance - uploaded here for Festival Application and review.
The short description:
"A trip to Ireland to find family roots comes to a surprising end when the author must face her limitations. Through events that are both hilarious and profound, the play bends time and place revealing that sometimes connection demands transformation."
And the longer one:
The Bark & The Tree - An original play written and performed by Vivian Nesbitt about her visit to Ireland in hopes of understanding the legacy of her great-great grandmother, an Irish poet known as “Eva of the Nation.” The journey bends time and place to reveal Nesbitt’s own identity through a series of transformational events, some hilarious, some touching, some profound.
The play explores our search for deeper connection to place, family and ultimately ourselves, while celebrating the tenacity of a young woman’s spirit to overcome her misconceptions and obstacles. Themes of duality, perception and creative expression fill the play with poignant moments of surrender and discovery, juxtaposed with the comedy of human nature.