Have you ever wondered when your prince will come?
You ponder each new romance, guy after guy, only to find one or two qualities that make you happy. Has Disney been telling you that a “knight in shining armor” will appear to replace that beastly boyfriend and then make everything in life okay? In her new play, “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland”, writer/director Erika Jenko explores these ideologies that culminate with the realization of love eternal existing in life all around and in all forms.
A monologue opens Scene One with the three girls seated. Grandma, performed by Cat Day, is on stage left and is dressed in a light green frock with her red hair curled up. In the middle is Erika playing herself. On Erika’s right is Beth Bryson who plays Mom. Erika begins her monologue with an expressive search for her one true love. She battles with her search which goes all the way from bars to the Internet. Erika states that her authentic relationships exist in the fiction she creates. They’re about the quality of her partner and her expected outcome.
“Why do I continue to make all these mistakes?” She ponders. The fairy tales she cherished promised eternal happy endings. Was she destined to be an old cat lady? Although, being cat lady doesn’t sound so bad as I own cats myself, but I can understand how one doesn’t want to end up sharing this life alone.
The play continues with reflection of Erika’s childhood memories of her mother and grandmother. Grandma told her “Anything is possible as long as you believe.” For Erika this was the right thing to hear. These words spoiled Erika in the real game of life. She was entitled to happiness therefore it would appear or at least that’s what everyone and everything was telling her.
Mother was grounded. She would say, “There is no perfection in life.” Erika grew up with a mother and father who loved each other and are still together, so it was hard at times to take her mother seriously when she said things like that. On top of that, she had a loving grandmother who would do anything for her.
As the play progresses Grandma’s dark past unfolds and Erika learns how we must accept people as they are and not judge. It is only then that we discover true love.
Day, Jenko, and Bryson excel in their monologues. As actors they project images not apparent in the tiny space, scenery and props. This play really touched my heart. It made me laugh out loud when Erika expressed her trials of school and dating. It also made me cry, as I have had a close relationship with my grandmother. As we grow up, we start to realize that the fairytale of family may not be all it’s cracked up to be. It may bring you down, but these people loved you and in the end that’s all that really matters, even if it wasn’t the perfect circumstance.
After the play there was an adorable little reception with wine and cake balls catered by Lil Rae’s Cake and a special performance by the Hep Kittens. I also cornered Erika, who actually happens to be an old friend from college, and asked if she was going to extend the play. She said perhaps after adding a couple more scenes they would do a run in January 2012.
There are many who could relate to Erika’s story, especially women of the Disney Princess Generation.
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