Podcast: Running Lines with Haley Johnson and Emma Messenger

Episode 173: Acclaimed local actors Emma Messenger and Haley Johnson have uncommonly close personal connections to the roles they play in Vintage Theatre’s ” ‘Night, Mother,”  about a woman who calmly announces to her mother that she will commit suicide by the evening’s end.

Emma Messenger, left,, and Haley Johnson on the set of ' 'Night, Mother.' Photo by John Moore. Messenger and her husband have faced the harrowing, daily challenge of their daughter’s bipolarism; Johnson’s mother committed suicide when she was 19. While neither thinks their personal experiences change their fundamental responsibilities as actors, they both bring an uncommon naturalism to Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning play.

In their moving conversation with DCPA Senior Arts Journalist and Running Lines host John Moore, they reveal the story of how an audience member who recently came to Colorado intent on killing herself changed her mind after seeing the play. “Apparently this woman drove here from Minnesota to kill herself,” Johnson says. “I’m not sure if she saw a poster, or if she heard about the play or why she came to see the show, but apparently she saw it, and she decided that was not the path that she wanted to take.”

‘Night, Mother, directed by Billie McBride (she acted in the DCPA Theatre Comapny’s recent Benediction), runs through June 14 in Vintage’s studio theatre at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and  2:30 p.m. Sundays with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Call 303-856-7830  or go to www.vintagetheatre.org. Running time: 10 minutes.

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