Actress Kerisse Hutchinson is presenting her first play, “2 The Left,” a one-woman show about the life of Atlanta rapper, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Hutchinson spoke with “City Lights” about the development of the play and how through learning about one person’s experience, we can learn about ourselves.
The play chronicles the life and spiritual journey of Lisa from her years with the ’90s pop band TLC and it goes all the way to her final days in Honduras. Hutchinson also showcases the controversial moments Lisa went through, such as the infamous arson event at Atlanta Falcon’s player, Andre Rison’s house.
She takes us through Lisa’s stance on her spirituality and how she dealt with some painful events in Honduras as well. On April 25, 2002 she passed away at 30-years-old due to a car accident in Honduras.
“I feel like if Lisa was still here, she would love to show her life through theater. This play really allowed me to delve into who she was, not just being a member of TLC, but really as a person. Through my ten years of research, I became more intrigued with her as an artist and as a woman, than just with her music,” Hutchinson said.
The play is currently on stage at Synchronicity Theatre now through Aug. 11.
This story was originally published with audio on WABE.org.