a sad truth that the number of truly great roles for women dwindles as they
advance in age, so DeVita set out to create a proper role for the extremely
talented Day. Thus came the story of Gertrude Bell, a somewhat unsung female of
Some historians have noted Bell’s influence—a few have even written books about her—but her contributions to the history of the Middle East aren’t as widely recognized as those of her contemporaries, such as Lt. Col. Thomas Edward Lawrence—aka Lawrence of Arabia. So DeVita had his work cut out for him in building a script around a historical figure who has often been overlooked by writers of stage and screen.
greater challenge, perhaps, is handed to Day, who must forge a believable
performance out of a script that details the life of someone whose exploits
seem so fantastic.
The final of two performances of Desert Queen makes it to APT’s stage Sunday, July 27, at 6 p.m.