The Winter’s Tale Performer Spotlight: Christine Pollei

For years, Christine was a prolific writer, having had five screenplays optioned. At some point, however, other projects and priorities usurped the writing. She thought she was simply pressing pause on it. And then twenty years passed. In 2017, Christine went through a divorce, and felt compelled to capture that experience in words, for catharsis if nothing more. When she unpressed that pause button, the words just fell out of her.

It has taken a different form; more memoir and personal essay than script, and each piece is written longhand in a handmade book, on thick paper, bound in leather, held closed by an antique lock and key. This work feels more like ritual, more therapeutic and than commercial. It begs for her to speak it aloud. It mirrors her previous writing in that it is to be performed, but this time, given voice by Christine.

Tomorrow night, Christine takes the Testify stage to tell her story of seeking and receiving important advice in her piece The End of Ordinary.