THE PORCH ON WINDY HILL is a collaboration sprung from quarantine. In the
‘Covid-spring’ of 2021, Sherry came up with the idea for this 3-actor play, wound
around an American family’s cultural and generational divisions, isolation, self-
examination and the hope of re-union, with music as the catalyst.
The collaborator/actor/musicians came to mind in mere minutes—Lisa, Morgan
and David; within days, this team quite literally “zoomed” into action (in keeping
with the methods of the last many months) and we began to write.
The Ivoryton Playhouse provided all-important elements to the creative process:
encouragement and a deadline. Artistic Director, Jacqui Hubbard, offered a full
production—in six months’ time—a bold gamble on our small, yet-to-be-written,
family drama with traditional American “Old Time” songs.
The Virus’ summer ebb finally allowed the four of us to work together—actually,
rather than “virtually”. We began to meet, discuss, shape, re-think, re-write and
re-hearse pretty much simultaneously. THE PORCH ON WINDY HILL opened in
Connecticut on September 23rd, 2021.
Lisa Helmi Johanson she/her (Co-Writer, Actor) is a multi-hyphenate who has a passion for developing new works, authentic storytelling, and intentionality in representation as a means to further the work of racial justice and social equity. Broadway: Potus, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive; Tours: Into the Woods, Avenue Q; Off Broadway: Avenue Q, Einstein’s Dreams (OG), Rescue Rue (OG), Three Sisters, Women Beware Women, Soft Butter (Ars Nova AntFest). Select Regional: The Chinese Lady (Milwaukee Rep; Best Actress in a Play, Broadwayworld), Anything Goes (Arena Stage), Vietgone (Denver Center), Amadeus (Syracuse Stage), The Drowning Girls (Drama League, NYC). TV/Film: Law and Order: SVU, A Holiday Spectacular (Hallmark); Her first co-written piece, Kim Loo Gets a Redo, was selected for the 2021 Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theater who subsequently produced The Porch on Windy Hill as part of their Now In Process series. Lisa and her husband are close to launching a sitcom podcast called Preschool in which she co-directs, acts, and sound designs. Her greatest joy is her Junho and Jake. May I tirelessly strive to better the world, that it may be worthy of your light.
For the lives lost in Atlanta and the ones that continue with more fear than before.
Lisa is repped by The Katz Company and HCKR. More at www.lisahelmijohanson.com and on IG: @hurricanehelmi