Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life a play about a steamy romance between an older woman and a younger man played to three consecutive sold-out performances at THEARC on July 20 and 21.
The play is based on a novel of the same name by Harold T. Fisher, host of “The Daily Drum,” a news/talk program airing on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141.
Adapted by Paulette D. Harris, artistic director for the Paul Robeson Theater in Buffalo, N.Y. and directed by Mary Craig, the play conveys urban sensuality and Black love through two characters who meet by chance in New Orleans.
Fisher agreed recently to be interviewed by the AFRO on the success of the book, which he published independently.
AFRO: Were you surprised by the success of the book.
Harold Fisher: The book has done reasonably well, I think, for a self-published book. As with the book, the main character is a woman. And the story is told from a woman’s point of view, which may be unique because I’m a man. But, it is about love at first sight.
AFRO: I actually do, and I wanted to ask you: how challenging was it to write from a woman’s point of view and experience love at first sight?
Harold Fisher: Writing from a woman’s point of view is not so difficult for me if you have an opportunity to have been surrounded by good women all of your life. If you’ve been surrounded by good black women all of your life, then you kind of know how they think to a certain degree. And what you don’t know you ask them, and they will tell you if they trust you.
AFRO: Who did you trust the most, in your life, their perspective?
Harold Fisher: Probably my Mother and her sorority sisters, because they were always around, talking and back then, playing pinochle. In doing so, they talked about the things that were affecting their lives. But beyond that, I think that even as a young man and as an older man, and as I said, having really good sisters in my life.
AFRO: Does your character experience heartbreak?
Harold Fisher: Yes, there is a lot of that. But the premise of the book is that this is a May-December romance. This is an older woman with a younger man. She meets him after being sent at the last minute to a very long business trip and conference in New Orleans. And that is how she stumbles across him. The book is set pre-Katrina. The play differs slightly. The book is steamier, it’s more intense. And it’s a whole lot of stuff you just can’t put on stage!