Prudence Wright Holmes performs “Secrets of a Mockingbird”
Prudence Wright Holmes performed her one-person show “Secrets of a Mockingbird” March 30, filling Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts Building. Co-sponsors of the event were ECU’s Women’s Studies / Gender Studies Program, Department of English, Rives Chair in Southern Literature, School of Art and Design, Department of History, and Ethnic Studies.
In this solo show, Holmes portrayed Harper Lee as well as the writer’s father, Amasa Lee; her African American housekeeper, Hattie Belle; her childhood best friend, Truman Capote; her editor, Tay Hohoff; and many of her neighbors. Through these characterizations, the audience confronted racism and betrayal in a powerful and moving way.
Holmes appeared in the films Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson, After.Life with Liam Neeson, and God’s Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman. On Broadway, she appeared in Happy End with Meryl Streep; Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith; and Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott.