Formerly known as I Will Be Good, How to Draw a Nekkid Man debuted in December 2008, as part of a solo show of my visual work. Since then, my one-woman show was selected for the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) and further honored to appear in the FringeNYC Encore Series. I’ve performed it throughout New England and the South, including runs at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Nantucket Theater Workshop; at universities including Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire; and at private engagements, including Amy Grant’s “A Tennessee Weekend.”
This past year, I was one of four playwrights selected to attend the Lake George Theater Lab, where I worked with director Mia Rovegno, who transformed my performance and the show.
Although the show now has a different look, here are a couple of clips from past performances to give you a feel for the work.
Many of you have seen the show and it’s been great to have you in the audience! For those who haven’t seen the show, here’s the gist: A Southern girl raised to conform dares to be different. I’m the Southern girl. Along the way, I survive scandal, depression, and God, who seems to be stalking me. Ultimately, I transform from corporate executive to contemporary artist. It’s a good story about bad behavior.
While it may be my story, many people claim it as their own, including a gallery owner from Cuba; a retired Episcopal bishop; college students; a Jewish woman from Long Island; a transgender woman from New York; conservative Christians; and a 70-year-old man who, with tears in his eyes, thanked me for telling my story. One audience member said, “You may think that story is all about you, but it’s really all about me.”
Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes