This past Saturday, the “Jump Off A Cliff” cast headed down to Arts Mission Oak Cliff and together took a giant leap into full-blown rehearsal mode. After some delicious brick-oven pies from nearby restaurant Nova, the #JumpOffACliff crew was ready to take a leap of faith and give it a go.
With a moving tale of family love, writer Amy Pengra Button started off the read-throughs right. All were deeply moved by her tale of family, grief, and discovery. “Stunned, I slid down the pillar I’d been leaning against and called my sister. On her hello, silent shock gave way to heaving sobs. I tucked my head between my knees. ‘It happened last night,’ she said.”
Sharing her poignant and courageous story of love, marriage, and life, Zaza Couture founder Tereze Gruntmane, despite English not being her first language, wowed us with her metaphors: “I had let our marriage sail unattended, ignoring our own needs and wants as a couple. When was the last time I texted ‘I love you’?”
Shy and seemingly quiet, blogger Anjelica Ruiz stepped up to the music stand and took us on her journey from Baptism to Judaism and ultimately, independence. When she raised her voice to deliver dialogue from a pivotal scene, you could’ve heard a pin drop.
We all laughed hard when Dawynn Edwards shared her story of conquering a climbing gym. “I called first, wanting someone at the climbing gym to reassure me that if I lost forty pounds first it would be better. ‘We have a climbing 101 class on Saturday!’ the breezy high-school equivalent voice encouraged, ‘Why wait?’”
When 14-year-old Emma Vrabel took her turn, lessons on self-advocacy were delivered through humor and verve. “’I don’t know what to do with a visually impaired kid,’ a past teacher said. ‘I never got any paperwork. What do you want me to do here?’ I wanted to say, ‘I’m sorry my disability is inconvenient. I just live with it. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to deal with me for an hour every other day.’”
Rachel McEnany took us from childhood fear to grown-up adventure. Her visceral and animated descriptions and of skydiving had us all enthralled. “What I remember about that first jump is that the wind striking my face felt like tiny, icy needles. And that freefall felt more like floating than falling. And at the horizon, I saw the curvature of the earth.”
Joining this talented, read-to-jump crew on Friday night will be special headliner, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment last year, essentially lighting the match that lit the wildfire now raging in headlines daily. Carlson will share how jumping off a cliff transformed and redirected her life.
Rehearsal was great, but Friday night will be stellar. This special, all-female show jumps onto the stage at Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House this Friday, November 3, at 8 p.m.! Since we are not in our usual venue, SEATS ARE LIMITED and are very likely to sell out before Friday. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW and join us! Every ticket comes with a copy of Gretchen Carlson’s new book, just out, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back. ✍️ 📖 Carlson will be available post-show to sign copies!
In the meantime, check out our entire batch of “Jump Off A Cliff” rehearsal photos in the gallery below. See you at Hamon Hall!