Preparing for the Trip. First: LEARN FRENCH!

This is the look I get right before I leap.

My husband told me this morning, "You are missing the caution button. Somehow, you didn't get it. You just dive in." I confess. It's true. In my maturity, I am not as foolish as I have been, but one example of my "leapingly intuitive" nature (as Bruce has described it) is that I leap into languages, fully willing to make a fool of myself and knowing that I will. And so it is. I am leaping into French. I thought I'd invite readers along. I find that if I know a story well, I can learn … [Read more...]

The Play: More Important Now than Ever Before?

The First Production of _I Am Jane_ in 2001, Denise Cutliff playing Jane.

I think I slept for a month after the first production of I Am Jane. I was completely exhausted. I was the playwright, costume designer, set designer, and director of this play about black Mormon pioneer Jane Manning James. I have since learned to delegate.We filled the chapel and more for that production, and in some ways it marked the time when the Genesis Group got big and started getting attention. In the audience was one of Jane's descendants, who had already labeled the play … [Read more...]

Jane Elizabeth Manning James

Jane james monument with Darius Gray, Margaret Young, and Louis Duffy

We draped a sheet across a metal trellis and called it a covered wagon. We used the sacrament table for Jane James’s bed. We let Elijah Able use the podium, and we put the choir in the cushioned seats by the piano and organ.This was our Genesis meeting on Sunday, March 5th, 2000. We debuted my play I Am Jane to a diverse audience that included LDS apostle David B. Haight, whose ancestor had been in Jane’s 1847 pioneer company, Elder Alexander B. Morrison, who had written about the LDS Chu … [Read more...]


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