Adrian brings 'The Diana Tapes' to Providence
By DON FOWLER
Sam Hood Adrian spends much of his time away from his native Rhode Island these days working with “What Will the Neighbors Say?,” a new theatre group based in New York City. He is home visiting his parents, Lorne Adrian and Ann Hood, bringing along his colleagues to present their new play, “In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes,” based on the controversial book by Andrew Morton.
The one-act, hour-long production is being presented at the SEG (Social Enterprise Greenhouse), 10 Davol Square in Providence, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m. through July 2. Written by James Clemens and directed by Wednesday Derrico, the play is based on actual tapes that Princess Diana recorded with British journalist Andrew Morton.
The book shook up the monarchy and caused quite a stir across the pond. It included many intimate details and caused one of the greatest scandals in English history.
Director Derrico uses the small space at SEG Hub wisely. The set represents rooms at the publisher’s office, a café and Diana’s sitting room. Changing chairs and using a tablecloth are all that is needed for scene changes.
Ana Cristina Schuler plays Diana perfectly, soft spoken until her anger seeps through and determined to tell it all, regardless of the consequences.
James Clements plays the journalist and Adrian (who is a writer, director and actor) plays his greedy publisher. Jorge Morales Pico plays Diana’s confidant who arranges the meetings.
“The Diana Tapes” is an interesting concept that raises as many questions as it answers, as the author looks at Diana’s and the other characters’ motivations and the effect that their actions will have on history. For tickets and information, call 477-6348 or go online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $15.