In which Yours Truly ponders the labels we have placed upon us, the restrictions they create, and my own place in a world gone mad.
*[2022 Update: If the original link (below) no longer works, the entire piece is available in the attached screenshot.]
Charles Lewis III, breaking his own format.
“I wonder if anyone ever notices the cross and Virgin Mary in my hand?”
“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”
– Toni Morrison, Beloved
This is about race. You don’t wanna read about it, click on something else. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…
In all my years working with the SF Olympians Festival, I can’t recall a year where there were so many divisive; plays that made the audience grateful for the imaginative power of theatre alongside many plays in which the audience felt their lives ending by the minute. I didn’t catch every single play this year, but if there’s one that still positively resonates with me weeks later, it’s Half-Breed, Veronica Tjioe’s one-act based on the myth of the Minotaur. It’s about a mixed-race (half-Asian/half-White) woman coming to terms with her ethnic identity after…
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