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'Cry It Out' With Theatre En Bloc


"I saw the play with my best friend, and by the time it was over we were just clinging to each other, so emotionally rocked we didn't even know what had happened," says Cry It Out director Lily Wolff, recalling the first time she saw the play performed. "Every since that experience with it, I knew I wanted to do it and I knew I wanted to do it here."

Wolff asked Theatre en Bloc artistic director Jenny Lavery to read the script, and Lavery was quickly on board with the idea of producing (and acting in) Cry It Out

"We like to talk about things that don't come up in polite conversation," Lavery says of Theatre en Bloc's theatrical mission. "And I feel like the complexities of motherhood and female friendship and parenthood in general are something that we don't talk about. And this play... was something that I feel like I've never seen on stage."

The script -- a comedic drama which focuses on three mothers of differing socioeconomic backgrounds -- also impressed actress Lee Eddy.

"I was like, yeah, I'll take it. I'll give it a read. And then afterward I said 'Oh my God, I have to do this play!'," she says. "Because I've got two kids of my own -- a five-year-old and an almost-one-year-old -- and every single character had something I related to."

"This is a play that asks a lot of questions that we don't have answers to as a society," Says Wolff. "But also, for me, I'm drawn to plays that ask questions that I have no answers for as an individual. And Cry It Out is definitely that for me."

Cry It Out is onstage at Zach's Wisenhunt Stage through May 20.

Mike is a features producer at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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