by Claude Chaney
On November 22, 2009 I had the pleasure of seeing a reading of "Love....Or The Singularity of Gary" by Patricia Estelle McCall (a.k.a. "Trish"), who is the daughter of Omar McCall Sr. This full length reading which took place at the Paris Health Club on West End Avenue in New York City had three characters, "Trish" as the survivor at age 45, Chandra Thomas as the survivor at 25 and Brian Schneider as the infamous Gary. Here we have an affluent Caucasian religious fanatic who pictures himself as a "Bishop" who has managed to imprison several young African-American females. He commits unspeakable acts on them, in some cases even murder. One of his victims has a relentless desire to stay alive and she uses every trick in her arsenal to do so.
I will not divulge any more information about the play because I want you to see it for yourself. You could hear a pin drop during this performance and thunderous applause from a full house at its completion. Everyone was surprised to find that this was based on a TRUE story. This was the second of three works by Patricia Estelle McCall, I wasn't able to see the first one "A Funeral" but if it was anything
like "Love...Or The Singularity of Gary" then it must have been a gem too.