Tammy Turner will be performing her new play Glass Rainbows: Colored Pieces of a Mended Heart beginning October 9, 2015, produced by Baltimore Theatre Project.She is an internationally-known singer and actor. She has traveled the country in stage plays such as Me and Mrs. Jones and I’ll Always Love My Momma alongside such names as Jackee’ Harry (227) and Darrin Henson (Soul Food). Tammy has also appeared on Showtime at the Apollo and was a Top 20 finalist on BET’s Sunday Best. She has appeared in feature films, short films and several music videos. Tammy has written and produced her debut music single, “Father Save Me”, which is performed in Glass Rainbows. www.TammyTurner.com.
Why are you a playwright?
Because I have something to say to the masses and a need to express it. As a little girl I watched a lot of music videos. I loved watching the stories unfold. I liked movies as well, but videos included my love for music. I started writing love poems at age 11 and thrived in creative writing classes in high school.
What type of theatre most excites you?
I think that filling all theatre styles create an excitement. The smaller, quaint, black box is great for an up-close, intimate interaction with the audience. Equally, I am excited by the thundering sounds of laughter, or perhaps a gasp reaction to an unfolding on stage that comes from a thrust environment, or proscenium. Because I am a singer, I would be remiss not to mention the beautiful sounds of a recital with great acoustics.
WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL
GLASS RAINBOW: COLORIED PIECES OF A MENDED HEART
October 9 – 11, 2015
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Details and Tickets
What starts a play moving in your imagination?
My imagination is most stimulated by seeing the humor in any given subject/ situation, even if it is an uncomfortable one. Imagining how my audience would react to a given “moment” also moves my writing greatly. What starts a play moving in my mind is my interaction with people. My own trials and triumphs in life. Hearing amazing life stories, and the strength of the words that I’m thinking, as well as the energy that each word carries with it, and how that energy has an effect on a life.
How did you choose this play to debut at the Festival?
I knew I wanted to share this play with the world 2 years ago when I first began writing it. It is a powerful story of hope and purpose in life.
Which female playwrights have influenced your writing and how?
Of course Lorraine Hansberry is one of my favorite playwrights. Today it would have to be Angela Dunlop.
What’s missing from theatre today?
I watch a lot of ‘Urban Theatre’ and find what’s missing from many theatre productions is connecting to the audience, not grabbing their attention at the beginning of the play.
What are you working on now?
Since Glass Rainbows is a new work, I am still making changes to it. I have plans for a sequel but for now, most of my energy and time is spent working on this piece.
Answer this: “If I weren’t a playwright, I would be … “
… a singer/songwriter. Because I am starring in this one-woman play, I am able to incorporate my life as a singer and poet. So, within this work I’m able to do what I love.
Anything you would like to add?
When I step on the stage I want to feel like I’m inspiring hope, like someone is being changed and being made better by having seen my work. I want this to be an experience for my audience, not merely just another play. I like for my audience to see themselves in my work to some degree, as it is relative to their life.