Brava! for Women in the Arts
“Remarkable emotional force, complexity, and coherence. Valia’s persecptive on war—grizzly, relentless, sad, spirited, spiritual, humorous—are true and memorable.”
Maylie Scott; Zen Priest
“A humorous, anguished, wry, visionary, tragic, and heroic portrayal set against the sweep of historical events—shattering personal loss with a denouement (of) surprising sweetness and strength.”
“Gemma took charge with ease, brought her insightful directing skills into every rehearsal, every conference, every one-on-one discussion. Her talents and her vitality helped bring the full production to fruition in both a lively and introspective way. I loved working with her as performer and playwright. I couldn’t ask for anyone more supportive and skillful to help me birth a show that helped me grow and brought satisfaction to the varied audiences.”
Lois Silverstein, Ph.D.; Performer and playwright, Valia
The moving tale of a woman freedom fighter and the fall of Danzig, Poland, on the eve of World War II. A vision of magic, dream, and faith overcoming overwhelming odds.