Family, Friends, and Neighbors

September 16, 1982

This is a picture of my friend Jacquie Roland, on the right, in a scene from one of her many community theater acting gigs. (In this case the play was a Baltimore Playwright’s production of “The Gathered Rose,” by Kathleen Barber, another friend.) When I composed the image I was interested in the relationship between the two characters at this particular moment in the play when Nora Meyer, on the left, was dominate—if memory serves she was delivering a monologue—so I went for an angle that would visually represent the fact by foregrounding her in the frame. (Sometimes photos do lie—Jacquie was the star of the show and the two women were actually very nearly the same height.) On a personal note, Nora Meyer was a coworker of mine when I worked for the Social Security Administration and is referred to—but unnamed—in my “Bad Actors” essay, the fourth and final installment of which appears below this post. Nora, like my cousin Phyllis Jean, was the victim of a brutal murder committed by her husband. Copyright © 2008 Jim Sizemore.

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