This is a place to celebrate the life of Polly Tolonen. A young woman who lived her life with beauty, grace, talent and boundless energy. May she continue to inspire us and live in our hearts and memories forever.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

John Patrick Shanley

A couple weeks ago, I was working at the AFI Film Festival. The Opening Night film was Doubt directed by John Patrick Shanley and based on his award-winning play.

A friend of mine introduced me to him at the after party and I told him about Polly. I told him about how the most enjoyable time she had as an actor was when she and some friends pooled together their money, rented a theater, and put on a production of Savage in Limbo. She loved that play. And she loved that part.

Although it probably wasn't the appropriate time to hear such a story, he was at least moved enough to thank me and shake my hand.

I never got to see Polly do Savage in Limbo because we didn't reconnect until months after they put the show on. I only wish she took it upon herself more to create her own opportunities to perform.

3 comments:

kn said...

V, That was one of my favorite performances of hers. I think only missed one show. Every night I kept bringing different friends with me to see it, to see her. She was absolutely amazing in it.
Polly had that kind of stage presence where you couldn't take your eyes off of her. She was so good you were afraid you would miss something...an expression, a poignant line.
I am hoping to get a copy of this from Frank soon.
Thank you for sharing this.

Chris Tolonen said...

I was lucky enough to see Polly's amazing talent in this production. I must have been in L.A. for a race down in Carlsbad. I couldn't believe it was her up there - almost unrecognizable. I believe Kari was there for this one. Such a great memory! Thanks for the post V!

Chris Tolonen said...

I was lucky enough to see Polly's amazing talent in this production. I must have been in L.A. for a race down in Carlsbad. I couldn't believe it was her up there - almost unrecognizable. I believe Kari was there for this one. Such a great memory! Thanks for the post V!