DEAR DIARY LOL
Created and performed by: Alicia Crosby, Sarah Knittel, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Gina Elizabeth Murdoch, Jenna Strusowski, Megan Thibodeaux, and Michael T. Williams
Lead Artist: Francesca Montanile Lyons
Duration of Show: 65 minutes
- Broad Street Review writes, “AntiGravity achieves more than nostalgic fun-poking, exploring a uniquely turbulent time of life with brutal honesty.“
- Phindie writes, “The text is deliciously naive, sincere, and honest, delivered with joyful reference.“
Dear Diary LOL is a comedic theatre performance born verbatim from the real-life tween-teen early-2000s diaries of the show’s actual creators. The devising ensemble invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most earnest desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s.
The piece explodes its source diaries with moments of direct address, music, dance, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of young girlhood musings (with all the benefits of hindsight). These tumultuous coming-of-age years are explored from a female perspective, providing an intimate glimpse of the ways these young girls come to understand the world around them, form a self, and use their voices as they experiment with their malleable identities and budding adulthood.
Lighting Design: Megan Thibodeaux. Sound Design: Francesca Montanile Lyons, Michael T. Williams, and Ensemble. Set Artist: Alicia Crosby. Producers: Michael T. Williams, Megan Thibodeaux, Francesca Montanile Lyons, and Antigravity Performance Project. Photos & Video: Timothy O’Donnell. Illustration and Graphic Design: Francesca Montanile Lyons. Source Diaries by: Alicia Crosby, Naomi Inoshita, Sarah Knittel, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Megan Thibodeaux. Additional contributions: Riva Rubenoff and Andalyn Young contributed significantly to an early draft of this piece.
Supported in part by a grant from Small But Mighty Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Originally conceived under the title ‘This Song is for You’ as part of 2015 Pig Iron School’s Dares Festival. Premiered at the Maas Space for the 2017 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.