I have worked with LightBox once before as an actor in “The Enchanted Lake”. I always knew that given the chance to come back and work with the company again, I would. Getting a call from LightBox Theatre Company Artistic Director, Stefani Tsai, about directing “The Night Fairy” left me incredibly excited, honored ...and slightly terrified!
This opportunity was brought to me during a time of grief in my life and much like the protagonist of the show, Flory, I carried with me a sense of self-doubt and fear. I think there is always an inevitable fear when it comes to making art, and the artists themselves are the harshest critiques of their own work, but as Ilya Kabakov said: “Fear is the reason for making art. It is a means to freedom.”
I dove into this project ready to tell a story and wound up adding to my own. Simi- lar to Flory, I found friendship on this journey, overcame the obstacles and, eventually, found that my wings had grown back.
Thank you to my cast, crew and entire artistic team for making this show a reality.
Laura is making her LightBox Theatre Company direc- torial debut after appearing in The Enchanted Lake in spring of 2021. She is a Stanislaus State alumna with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Latin American Studies. Lauren has been part of several the- atrical productions throughout the years including, She Kills Monsters as Evil Gabby, Much Ado About Nothing as Beatrice, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia as Ophelia and Thug life (6 Rounds or 10) as Laura. She would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering support.