Dear Diary LOL


Created and performed by: Alicia Crosby, Sarah Knittel, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Gina Elizabeth Murdoch, Jenna Strusowski, Megan Thibodeaux, and Michael T. Williams. Lead Artist: Francesca Montanile Lyons.

  • 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.

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“Dear Diary LOL” is a comedic theatre performance born verbatim from the real-life tween-teen diaries of middle school girls from the early 2000s, most of whom are in the show’s actual cast. The devising ensemble invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most earnest desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s.

The piece explodes its source diaries with moments of direct address, music, dance, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of young girlhood musings (with all the benefits 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, form a self, and use their voices as they experiment with their malleable identities and budding adulthood.

Supported in part by a grant from Small But Mighty Arts. Originally conceived under the title of is Song is for You as part of 2015 Pig Iron School’s Dares Festival. Premiered at the Maas Space for the 2017 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. Lighting Design: Megan Thibodeaux. Sound Design: Francesca Montanile Lyons, Michael T. Williams, and Ensemble. Set Artist: Alicia Crosby. Producers: Michael T. Williams, Megan Thibodeaux, Francesca Montanile Lyons, and AntiGravity Theatre Project. Photos & Video: Timothy O’Donnell. Illustration and Graphic Design: Francesca Montanile Lyons. Source Diaries by: Alicia Crosby, Naomi Inoshita, Sarah Knittel, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Megan Thibodeaux. Additional contributions: Riva Rubenoff and Andalyn Young contributed significantly to an early draft of this piece. Duration of Show: 65 minutes