Article from New York Magazine about Rogers
Article from New York Dailey News
"Actress-playwright Dulcy Rogers is branching out with 'I Am a Tree'
In “I Am a Tree,” Dulcy Rogers plays a woman set on learning about her mom. Three kooky aunts have vastly different perspectives on the story of her mother’s life.
“It’s not autobiographical,” says the writer-actress, whose dad, David Rogers, wrote the book and lyrics for the 1978 musical “Charlie and Algeronon.” Her mom, June L. Walker Rogers, was a dancer and comedienne.
“The thing that inspired this play,” she adds, “was more the question of whether we are fated to repeat behaviors of our parents. But, as my dad used to say, ‘You can’t help pulling from your own experiences.’”
That includes “women who informed two of the aunts. One was the assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt and the second one grew up sitting at table with Milton Berle, Danny Kaye and all the stars of the golden era of Hollywood,” she says. “It seemed wrong for them to be gone from the world and I wanted a way to preserve them.”
In a way, becoming a performer and a writer was a way of preserving the family business. “There was a brief moment in college when I thought about being a geologist, but my dad said that was crazy, and that I should stick to theater.
“Both my folks started working as children and were devoted to their professions,” says Rogers. She added that she loved the colorful friends and stories of rewrites and deadlines and going on with the show.
“There always seemed to be big challenges to overcome.” If not trees to climb"