moved around a fair amount as a child. I was born in Scotland, lived in a few
different places in England, Scotland again, England again, the east coast of
the States, and now here in Salt Lake City. I’m a citizen of the United
Kingdom, but now feel more American. Moving around so much as a child, it was
hard for me to keep an identity straight. I felt more like I was a mix and
melded into the places and people I was around, to the point that I would
adopt the accent of whoever I was talking to. Something I still do, because I’m
cool like that.
Credit: Rick Pollock
I was a member of the
LDS faith, believed in god, went on a mission – the whole shebang – and now I’m
not sure what I believe. And my point in saying all of that? If there is one
thing that I kind of know, that I maybe believe in, it is that people change,
places change, ideas and spaces alter, and it all weaves together like a spider
and boundaries that are liquid, elusive, and adoptive, are some of the foremost
issues I play with in my play NOT ONE DROP. I also mess with the beliefs of the
characters, and by way of the characters, the audience. I do this through the
way language is used, the words themselves, the construction of those words,
wordplay and its ultimate demise, as language proves, again and again, to fail.
Credit: Rick Pollock
I wrote NOT ONE DROP as my submission to Plan-B via The David Ross Fetzer
Foundation for Emerging Artists. I wanted to incorporate the ideas of
displacement I’ve felt through my life, into a piece that may perhaps question
something different. The nature of the relationship of the characters is
constantly shifting and slipping – are they sisters, friends, lovers, enemies?
– and ultimately it doesn’t matter. What matters is that they are so close that
they slip into each other’s identities. They mirror each other, and then their
identities are, at times, completely mirrored back on themselves.
Sometimes I think it’s
hard to tweeze out our own identities, especially in relation to the people
that we are closest to – to the point that it’s hard to differentiate what
happened to who – especially within familial relationships. I find that in
these relationships, I can sometimes take on the ideas, feelings, and emotions
of that person, and beginnings and endings become unclear, and even
Morag Shepherd’s NOT ONE DROP receives
its world premiere at Plan-B March 23-April 2 at Plan-B Theatre, in partnership
with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Featuring Colleen
Baum and Latoya Cameron, directed by Jerry Rapier. Details and tickets.
Morag Shepherd makes her Plan-B debut with NOT ONE DROP, receiving
its world premiere March 23-April 2. Originally from Scotland, she is the
resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays THE WORST THING I’VE EVER
DONE (co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett and Shawn Francis Saunders), BEFORE
THE BEEP, BURN and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter playing Great
Salt Lake and San Diego International Fringe Festivals.