Salt Lake City playwright, David Sessions’ works touch on a wide range of subjects from a famous actress suffering from M.S. (Two Fisted Love) to a teenager who wears women’s clothes and is struggling to express his identity (The Winter Son), to a fantasy biography of Dennis Hopper that explores the roots of method acting and Hopper’s involvement with the beat generation (The Irrefutable Negation).
Mr. Sessions critically acclaimed play, Two Fisted Love, received its debut in Los Angeles at the Odyssey Theatre under the direction of Broadway director Jules Aaron and starred acclaimed British actress Serena Scott Thomas.
“..In many ways, the role of Caroline in Two Fisted Love is about the decline of the middle class in this country. Her struggle with M.S. mirrors the turning away of so many people from what was so incredibly strong just a generation or two ago. ..And of course she is surrounded by people, liberal and conservative, who are playing on her shortcomings and contributing to pulling her in that direction..”
“We had an incredible cast for that show. Ms. Thomas reached out through her agent to say she had ‘fallen in love’ with the part and once she was on board everything fell into place from there. … Jason Downs was sensational. He stole the show. And all the reviews. And of course we all hated him for that. We were very, very lucky to have him.”
“Like many people in Utah, I am unbelievably sad to see the deep divisions that exist in our country today. …My plays embrace not only the hearts and minds that are trying to change this country for the better, but also a deep affection for the values, beliefs and traditions of people who are more conservative. I believe theatre is an incredible tool that has an important part to play in bringing things back together…”
Mr. Sessions upcoming play is a biography of abolitionist John Brown entitled ‘Treason’.