BEFORE YOU WERE ALIVE
June 27th - 30th, 2019
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY BETH GILLELAND
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL ROBINS
MUSIC BY DB CARLSON
Some years ago I began mothering a little boy who had lost his mother. Both of our lives were dramatically altered. He was hungry for mother love, and I—an up-to-then single artist—inherited a family that both demanded my focus and augmented my life experience in new ways. I began taking notes and recording my unfolding feelings and experiences of being a new, full-time parent riding the wake of a child’s loss. Here are some of those experiences.
BETH GILLELAND is an artistic associate with Illusion Theater, and has made many appearances on Illusion Theater’s stage as both an actor and as a writer. She was Clara in Michael Robins’ Only One Sophie; Lauren in James Still’s Miranda, and the sister in James Still’s Iron Kisses with cohort Dane Stauffer. She’s played the leading roles in Bill W and Dr. Bob, Two Weeks with the Queen, The Laramie Project, Dimly Perceived Threats to the System, among others. At Illusion she has written and performed in If We Never Meet Again, Whistling Girls and Crowing Hens. With Donald Bazzini she wrote Mrs. Man of God. Each summer she writes and directs History on a Schtick for the Minnesota History Center and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation at Minnesota State Fair.
DB CARLSON is an up-and-coming saxophonist in Chicago who plays with a variety of groups ranging from Jazz to Afrobeat and Hip Hop. During the day, he works for Chicago Public Schools as a substitute teacher and plays music gigs at night. He grew up in Minneapolis and loves cross-country skiing, canoeing, and biking.