While We're Home
TRANSPORT GROUP’S WEEKLY COLUMN SERIES
While We’re Home is a weekly newsletter series of essays reflecting on Transport Group’s 20-year history from our leadership, alumni artists, and friends. Filled with humorous insight, personal growth, creative struggles and successes, we hope these columns will stand as a testament to the joys found in the process of collaboration through our 20-year catalogue. Check back each week for a new installment.
Small Towns, Big Questions
by Michele Pawk
Actor Michele Pawk finds reflections of her rural upbringing in the quiet existentialism of William Inge.
“Once I decided to become a “serious actress,” I transferred to a fancier college and spent that summer educating myself on some of the great American plays/playwrights. I began with my local library offerings: Tea and Sympathy, The Four Poster, Desire Under the Elms, and of course, all Tennessee Williams all the time. Then I stumbled upon William Inge. The first play of his I read was A Loss of Roses. I know now that this was not considered his masterpiece, but I got lost in his world! I knew those people. I felt their frustrations and yearned for the same dreams. Years later, I would be lucky enough to embark on a deep and personal exploration of his masterworks The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Picnic with director Jack Cummings and Transport Group.“