I just realized that our guest professor Erin Philips...was the actress who played Alice Neel in Portrait! Damn tattoos threw me off.
It came to me while I revised my long play and tried to picture this elderly Jewish lady who's a bit of an important character in it. I thought of Alice Neel's cold, arrogant sarcasm, and how it would fit my character real well. The face (and the look) lingered on my mind for a while, then I struck me: I checked the program for Portrait, and there it was.
She'll be at the top of my list if I ever get to put this thing together for the stage. Okay, maybe after Liz Sheridan (Seinfeld's mother in the series).