Valentine

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Tracy Ann Chapel faced challenges while growing up: A mother who beat her bloody,
and a disabled father unable to help her. She found refuge with her adoring grandmother, who taught her how to sew, gaining skills that would serve her well when she entered the world of couture in the employ of Vera Wang.

Tracy Ann acquired other talents along the way. Her aptitudes in the kitchen led her to acquire a culinary arts degree. She became a professional dancer, performing with troupes throughout the U.S., Europe, North and South America. She trained in circus arts, and works as a clown on stage and film.

In short, she’s an interesting woman. Most artists of any accomplishment are in touch with a degree of emotional vulnerability, along with a need for their artistic endeavors to be appreciated. Divesting herself of a violent husband, Tracy Ann encounters a well-known individual online: Her celebrity crush, if you will. (To reveal exactly whom right here would be giving away too much.) Soon, they find themselves corresponding and sharing their family histories and intimate, heartfelt emotions. It’s time for them to meet in person. After the disappointment of her recent marriage, has Tracy Ann at last found her Valentine? (Hence, the title of this show.)
Written, directed and performed by Tracy Ann Chapel. Developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. An official selection of Whitefire Theatre Solofest 2021.