Last weekend, I made the trek to Hubbard Hall for "Wayward Home," a folktale-inspired musical about a family that suffers a great tragedy and is forced to find a new home and a new beginning.
The show was written by and stars Maizy Broderick Scarpa and Clara Strauch, with Abigail Wahl. Scarpa and Strauch first brought parts of "Wayward Home" to Hubbard Hall's Winter Carnival and were commissioned to develop its world premiere for the Hall.
"Wayward Home" is staged simply, with no set to speak of and little in the way of props. It's three women telling a story. The story is touching and the music — especially Strauch's vocals — very moving.
It was the first time I'd been to Hubbard Hall. I've heard people mention the intimacy of the theater, but experiencing it was different. I had never seen a show in such close proximity to the actors and found it alarming for the first few minutes — like I had to keep my expressions and reactions in check for the actors' sake.
But I quickly forgot all about it, as the story drew me and brought me to another time and place.