The Shimmering Verge
, written and performed by Molly Peacock, was a fully staged Canadian/American production which toured from 2003 to 2007.

An article on the Portraits Festival of One-Woman shows appeared in the February 2006 Oprah Magazine with photographs by Michael Edwards.

Backstage at the Oprah Magazine Photo Shoot

Backstage snapshot from the Oprah Magazine photo shoot. Members of the Femme Fatale Company. back row: Nicole Tushingham (Stage Manager), Louise Fagan (Producer/Director), Michael Edwards (photographer), Jacquie Gauthier (Writer/Producer), Bonnie Deakin (Designer); front row: Victoria Roberts (as Nona), Molly Peacock, and Denise Pelley (as Grace in Jazzabel).

In 2002, The Shimmering Verge was showcased at the Tarragon Theatre Spring Arts Fair, Toronto, and at Rosenberg Kaufman Fine Arts, New York City. It was then performed as a work-in-progress at the Wisconsin Humanities Festival, at the Poetry Center in Chicago, at Gloucester County College in New Jersey, and at Pratt Institute in New York City. 2003 performances included the McManus Theatre, London, Ontario, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. In 2005 The Shimmering Verge production joined two other one-woman shows, Jazzabel and Nona, for a touring mini-festival of one-woman shows by established women artists who are taking their art into theatre for the first time. The Festival was produced by Femme Fatale Productions. The first stop for Portraits: A Festival of One-Woman Shows was the opening of the Alice Neel and May Stevens shows at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Molly performed The Shimmering Verge in February 2006 at Urban Stages in New York City, and in September 2006 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Director: Louise Fagan
Music by Andy Creeggan, formerly of The Barenaked Ladies
Set design and Costume by Kelly Wolf, Designer for Shakespeare & the Shaw Festivals
Lighting by Christopher Dennis, Lighting Designer for the Canadian National Ballet


You are listening to an MP3 excerpt of Molly Peacock performing The Shimmering Verge with music by Andy Creeggan

The poems in the monologue appear in print in CORNUCOPIA: New & Selected Poems, published by W.W. Norton and Company, 2002. Two interludes are adapted from Paradise, Piece by Piece, a literary memoir (Riverhead/Penguin Putnam, 1998).

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