THE STORY: When a grieving mother visits her late son’s girlfriend, the two women look back at the man they both loved, each jockeying for a claim to his legacy as a son, lover, and artist. REALLY is a play about mourning, intimacy, and the conflict between goodness and greatness as seen through the lens of photography.
“…[REALLY] carves pain out of the negative space of conversation… Drury’s beautifully refined language [creates] an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics.” —Time Out NY. “…stylishly contemplative… Drury has created a work that focuses on fixed images culled from life’s flux. REALLY is a play about photography. And it asks provocative questions about the value of what is seen in pictures that freeze fleeting moments for posterity. …[REALLY] deftly uses the self-consciousness of its characters to create a more pervasive, self-examining consciousness about the artistic process…” —NY Times. “…REALLY’s themes aren’t immediately or even explicitly declared. Like prized negatives, they gradually develop in the darkroom of our mind. …As the vacant niceties pile up, we come to realize that “polite” conversation…has been designed explicitly to silence the opinions and marginalize the experiences of women, African Americans, and especially African American women. …As each truth-defying cliché lands, we are brought face to face, in the reversal of Arendt’s dictum, with the evil of banality.” —BOMB Magazine.