Untitled RFK Project
“My dad was on my right, I think. The ground was shaking, like it did when the old trains came along. they weren’t electric back then. Everything shook. It was loud. It was long. It was moving slowly. The last car had the coffin. There it was. And there she was. Ethel Kennedy was sitting next to the coffin, her elbow up, her chin resting on her thumb, her index finger stretched up along her cheek toward her temple.”
June 8, 1968. Julia was standing on the platform of the Middletown, NJ train station, across from her childhood home, holding her father’s hand. She remembers the train had three cars. It was hot. That the doors to the train were open, front and back but the windows were closed.
March 17, 2018. Julia went to the exhibit at SF MoMA -- The Train -- and saw Paul Fusco’s photographs of the people along the tracks. She looked at the photos the onlookers had taken of the train. She walked into the room which showed the map of the funeral train route and stopped.
The train had never gone through Middletown. It ran on the Jersey Central line through Edison. The memory of being in Middletown is real. The train being in Edison is real. And Julia, now thinking back to actually standing near the actual train when it actually passed, is not sure at all where that event took place.
This project explore what happens when things disappear. What’s real? What have you lost? What can be found?
Workshop, Irish Arts Center, NYC, January 15-19, 2019
Developmental Reading, San Francisco Playhouse, November 2018
Julia Brothers, co-creator/performer is an actor with passion for new work. Her current projects include the development of her first original work (the currently Untitled RFK Project) in collaboration with director Becca Wolff. Julia has originated many roles over the last three decades. Recent projects include Salesman (Workshop, Rough Draft Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center) by Jeremy Tiang (dir Michael Leibenluft) in which she played Arthur Miller and the world premiere of the Kilbanes’ rock opera Weightless (dir Becca Wolff) at Z Space in San Francisco. Other world premieres include Broadway: Relatively Speaking - George Is Dead by Elaine May (dir John Turturro) Off-Broadway: Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro at Westside Arts. Regional: Women In Jeopardy at GEVA, Be Aggressive and Ambition Facing West at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; and Seagull (as adapted by Libby Appel), Magic Forest Farm and Fortune at Marin Theatre Company, among others. Julia is a company member of The B Street Theatre and SF Playground, and was named MVP for Bay Area Theatre by the San Francisco Chronicle.