"Looking for Lightning is a luminous one-woman supernova show that sees Elise Hudson being a conduit for stories of cyclic existence. ... Little did I know I was about to be catapulted into the stratosphere by the performance of a Southern Belladonna capable of equal parts charisma and explosive big bangs. ... She channels Susanna, an Elizabethan-era handmaiden to the Queen, Ilsa, a pre-WWI Russian cabaret singer, and Mary-Jane, an ex-socialite of 1960s Atlanta. Each character is beautifully captured in their moment of life-defining tragedy. Hudson cushions the aftermath of each past-life regression with the buoyant optimism of a young woman seeking the meaning of the cosmos. Hudson ricocheted around the stage like a shooting star in a meteor shower." - JACQUELYN CLAIRE, NY Theatre Guide. Review Copy. Interview Copy.
"Elise is a powerful, skilled actor and writer. In Looking for Lightning, she creates imaginary worlds filled with vulnerability and longing that mirror her own personal search for completeness." - BRIAN MCELENEY, Head of Brown/Trinity Rep Graduate Program, acting teacher, and Looking for Lightning audience member.
"Elise's work reminds us that self examination is the doorway to honesty as creatives. We can disclose that internal journey to our audience through our storytelling, as Elise does in Looking for Lightning. In fact, we must offer that to our audiences with the same degree of honesty." - SHURA BARYSHNIKOV, professional dancer/actor, mentor, and Looking for Lightning audience member.