Mother Antonia performance

the test

Mother Antonia: Performance at the St. Kate’s Reunion. A full house. After Mother Antonia enters, her first line is, “I trust you have all come prepared for the test,” and when this drew a (somewhat uneasy) laugh I knew we were going to be fine. Almost all the jokes I tried to plant got laughs, including small ones like a tart remark about teaching new students to follow instructions. When M. Antonia turned the chalkboard over to display the bullet points from her talk, one alumna took a picture of them on her phone. Several women approached me and Megan (the performer) afterwards with stories they had heard about Mother Antonia and her protégées. The satisfaction of a piece doing the work it was meant to do.

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