Call Me William: The Life and Loves of Willa Cather
By Prudence Wright Holmes. Directed by Nora Deveau Rosen
In 1888, Willa Cather astounded her Nebraska neighbors with her brilliant mind and unconventional ways. She said that “being a girl never damaged her ambition to become Pope or Emperor.” She had a successful career in publishing, wrote best-selling novels like My Antonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923.
In spite of her success, her personal life was fraught with conflict. Her work became her refuge and helped her to transcend the problems that beset her. As she often said,”That is happiness, to be dissolved in something complete and great.”
Reviews – “You’re in the hands of a master storyteller” Associated Press. “Prudence Wright Holmes is outstanding” Backstage. “Call Me William by Prudence Wright Holmes was a glorious treatment of the private life of legendary authoress Willa Cather.” Andrew Martin, www.nitelifeexchange.com
Actor Bio – Prudence Wright Holmes has appeared in featured roles in the films Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson, In Dreams with Annette Bening, My Own Love Song with Renee Zellweger, After.Life with Liam Neeson and Boardwalk Empire with Steve Buscemi. On Broadway she appeared in Happy End with Meryl Streep, Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith and Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott and The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and on the National Tour. She has appeared in numerous off-Broadway shows including the original casts of Godspell and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. She wrote and performed her solo show Bexley, OH! at New York Theatre Workshop.
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