The Conviction of Lady Lorraine, written by and starring actor Dwandra Nikole Lampkin, is the opening production of Farmers Alley Theatre's new season. On Thursday, Oct 29, in a partnership with Broadway On Demand, it will premiere as a tele-play.
Dwandra Lampkin tells Cara Lieurance that the story is based on a real-life connection with a stranger that occurred in front of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. In the play, she plays "around 10" characters, and one of them is herself. Lampkin says she thinks people who see the show will be encouraged to reflect on their lives.
Jeremy Koch explains the special collaboration with Waltzing Mechanics, a Chicago-based theatre/film company, that brought added professionalism to recording the tele-play. Although it's now on film, Lampkin says The Conviction of Lady Lorraine will continue to evolve from this production, as it did over the past 10 years. Lampkin has been a featured in several Farmers Alley Theatre productions, including a sold-out weekend of this play in 2018, Doubt, The Christians, and Clybourne Park.