Bright Half Life had a fantastic, well-received run and I feel so lucky to be able to ride that wave into this next play.
We are one week away from opening night of Stories of Us and I’m incredibly excited! Florinda, our director is incredible to work with, I am madly in love with my cast mates, our stage manager is amazing and our designers are out of this world!
Stories of Us is a very special project for me because well…it’s written for me. Not me, personally, but there are characters that I can play as the whole person that I am. Not just Black, not just Mexican…I mean, I can do both of those - and usually I do one or the other. But I can do the thing where both of those things exist simultaneously in one body - I can do a version of my reality. And that's the opportunity I've got now.
Jelisa Jay Robinson (the playwright of the piece) has been at the forefront of the conversations examining Blackness, Latinidad and the intersections (and in some cases collisions) of the two. I fan-girled her for months because she was writing critically about things I experienced (in many ways, alone). She highlighted and amplified other artists and thinkers who are like me too – she was a goldmine of information and solidaridad.
So we became Twitter friends – then Facebook friends – then friends who have yet to meet in the flesh, but are kindred spirits. I cannot wait to meet her on opening night, so she can really and truly know how much I adore her and how grateful I am that she’s telling the Stories of Us.
Stories of Us
Date: April 21 – May 8, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm
Location: Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St, Austin, TX 78701
Tickets: Reserved $20; General Admission $15; Students/Seniors/Teachers $12
All Thursdays April 21, 28 and May 5 are “pay what you wish” at the theatre the day of the performance starting at 7 pm. This special offer is not available online.
To purchase tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2536280