The Joy That Carries You Reviews
Washington Post- Recommended
"..."You are the seas to either side of me,/ And the buoys in between," a poet character named Alaia recites in "The Joy That Carries You," a moving, well-crafted and cathartic play now in a world premiere run at Olney Theatre Center."
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
"...It's always wonderful when a performer writes for the stage; their awareness of audience dynamic, the music of every scene, the potential for moments of great beauty, the ways of building a roller-coaster that is the stuff of great drama. But for the next month, audiences at the Olney Theatre Center will be treated to the collaboration of two accomplished performer/playwrights. And the results are unforgettable, in many ways."
Talkin Broadway- Recommended
"...The Joy That Carries You, the play by Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller receiving its world premiere at the Olney Theatre Center in suburban Maryland, is a sublime meditation on love, family, and loss, crafted with heart by playwrights Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller and realized by an empathetic ensemble cast, tenderly overseen by directors Jason Loewith & Kevin McAllister."
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
"...Emotional intimacy, deeply knowing someone who matters and allowing yourself to be deeply known, is hard. Living in a kind of gated community of the heart can seem safer. Breaking free of that cul de sac, so that one can live in way that is truly joyful, is at the center of The Joy That Carries You, a world premiere play by Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller now at the Olney Theatre Center."
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended
"..."The Joy That Carries You" is a brilliant exploration of the nuances and complexities of what it means to fully be yourself in a multitude of relationships. It demonstrates the courage and strength it takes to find and nourish the relationships that not only bring you joy, but lead you to learning about who you are as a person."