By Nancy Kalajian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BOSTON — A Talk Back was held after the Saturday, March 10 performance with the Playwright Joyce Van Dyke, Director Judy Braha, the cast of “Deported/a dream play” and Kate Snodgrass, artistic director of Boston Playwright’s Theatre. Most audience members stayed for the question-and- answer session providing an opportunity for comments on aspects of that evening’s performance. The key players seated on the stage posed questions to the audience: Did the play tell you the truth? Did the play challenge you enough?
Audience members poignantly shared their thoughts and emotions. One man had seen four staged readings of the play and was thrilled to now see it in a full- fledged performance. “It truly was a dream play,” he said. Then Paul Boghosian remarked, “I caught the reality of the play. The emotional resilience of Victoria, her strength of character, the arc of her journey in the US was very truthful to me.”
One woman appreciated all the remarks she had heard and noticed the smooth transitions in changing sets. “The dancers as stagehands brought coherence. Memories aren’t always linear,” she said.
Dora Tevanian said, “Varter represented the possibility of redemption with love…We, as Armenians, are stuck, paralyzed. My Grandmother never talked about the Genocide.” Though she “bristled” at first since the actress playing Varter wasn’t Armenian, Tevanian was soon won over with Jeanine Kane’s unconditionally-loving ways in the face of tragedy and in the consideration of forgiveness, likening her persona to the deceased actress, Greer Garson.