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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.  

February 26

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 SympathyThe Four PosterDesire 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.