Dear Diary LOL


2017 FringeArts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

  • Broad Street Review writes, “AntiGravity achieves more than nostalgic fun-poking, exploring a uniquely turbulent time of life with brutal honesty.
  • Phindie writes, “The text is deliciously naive, sincere, and honest, delivered with joyful reference.

“Dear Diary LOL” takes as its charge staging the unaltered words of the diaries of three 12-15 year old girls from the early 2000s, all of whom are also members of the devising ensemble.

The play explodes these diaries with moments of direct address, music, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of young girlhood (as an audience, with all the benefit of hindsight).

These tumultuous coming-of-age years are explored from a female perspective, providing an intimate portrait of the ways these young girls come to understand the world around them, the way they form a self, and how to use their voices as they experiment with their malleable identities and budding adulthood.

Originally conceived under the title of This Song is for You as part of 2015 Pig Iron School’s Dares Festival. Lead Artist: Francesca Montanile Lyons.

Co-created, performed, and designed by Alicia Crosby, Megan Thibodeaux, Sarah Knittel, Jenna Strusowki, Gina Murdock, and Michael T. Williams. Please note: Artists Riva Rubenoff and Andalyn Young contributed significantly to an early draft of this piece.