I’m performing FUFU & OREOS in Chicago on February 15 and I know (this many) people there.
I’m taking a huge risk.
Instead of a New Year’s Resolution I decided instead to have a #oneword365: MOVE.
For someone who procrastinated her way through college, had numerous bouts of depression throughout those four years, and eventually found herself back in her hometown post-grad, I was shocked that I chose the word “MOVE”.
Chicago is a place I have wanted to visit the minute I came across the website for MPAACT, a Black theatre company in the city. A friend of mine, Paul Notice, has the premiere of his full-length play "LEAVES, TREES, FOREST" here through March 3. Some company members attended a theater conference in Boston last summer and when I sneakily read Carla Stillwell’s name tag, I immediately got giddy and told her and Lawrence (their literary manager) how much I loved MPAACT. She laughed and said, “How do you know about MPAACT?” I responded that I don’t know, I just came across the website one time and have been keeping track since.
Stalkerish, yeah? But instead of being repulsed, Carla immediately asked me if I was a writer. I eventually met the Artistic Director and he offered FUFU & OREOS a slot in their winter solo festival on the spot.
So back to MOVE and taking risks.
What you see above is an ad I commissioned from one of my favorite natural hair bloggers, Merely Marie,who is a blogger/designer based in Chicago. It was simple, really. I was viewing her site (like I do every other day) and thought, “My play has themes of identity and natural hair. A lot of women who read this blog have interests similar to mine. Why don’t I pay for an ad?”
I’m happy with the color scheme Marie used to compliment the black & white photo Becca A. Lewis shot way back in 2011. I’m equally happy that Marie and her husband will be coming to my show!
Last year, God told me very clearly one day that “He will meet me wherever I go.”
FUFU & OREOS in Chicago
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11pm
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614