Myra Lucretia Taylor Hops a Bus Called Desire

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When Myra Lucretia Taylor was doing A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick at Playwrights Horizons last January, she would have an nightly encounter with what would be her next show — although she had no idea of that at the time.

“After the show,” she recalled, “I would take the No. 104, get off at 66th in front of the Barnes & Noble where they had a big placard for Love, Loss, and What I Wore. I would stare at it, waiting for the No. 5, thinking, ‘That looks so cool. How do I get to be in that?’ And then, all of a sudden, there I was in the room — one of those women. All I know is that I got a call that they would like me to do this.”

Subliminally, she’s in her seventh heaven till July 25 at the Westside Theatre, co-starring with Haylie Duff, Penny Fuller, Sharon Lawrence and Ashley Austin Morris.

Going into the show, she admitted, is not unlike being shot out of a cannon. “It’s hard work — and so fast. You have to lift it up off the page. You don’t have the other things to support you, then you’re responsible for your sisters. We have to keep each other up so, when you get done, it’s like, ‘Omigod! I just ran a gauntlet.’ It feels great.”

— Harry Haun

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