Today I head north–like WAY NORTH. I’ll be North of the Arctic Circle in the Norwegian city of Tromsø for the International Church Festival. The sun will rise about 7:30 am and set by 4:30 pm, but apparently Tromsø is one of those cities that faces the cold, dark weather with vibrant partying action. The weather actually looks pretty good this week. It is warming there right now than it is here in Central PA.
While there I will perform my newest one-person performance piece, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? I will also lead a two-day workshop about how to create a solo-performance piece. I love it when all my worlds come together–theater, faith, queerness, climate change. I see that happening with the conversations that will come out of my play, which looks at broken bodies large and small. Looking at the broken bodies in history, LGBTQ lives, in my own family, and the largest body of them all–Mother Earth–I learn lessons about resiliency and how to remain human in the midst of crushing pain.
Besides the performance work, I am excited about exploring the city of Tromsø. This island city surrounded by mountains is a brilliant place to see the Northern Lights. If I do catch a glimpse, it will be my the first time. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? Any viewing tips? One stop I want to make is to the Backbeat Kaffe & Vinyl store. I mean coffee and LPs together. Yum.
After a week in Tromsø, I then head to Dallas, TX and my three week Southwest tour. Talk about climate changes! From North of the Arctic Circle to North of South of the Border.
I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of dragging big suitcases around with me. I mean I shouldn’t complain. I get to go to some pretty cool places, but for some reason with this month-long trip I decided to go super light. I will take only a carry-on size suitcase and a small knapsack. Shockingly I squeezed in all of my props for three shows and clothes for three climates, including a down jacket, blue suede shoes, sandals, and hiking boots. I have a feeling though I will have to borrow some things from people along the way.
If you want to hear a scene from my new play, have a listen to my monologue about the Siege of Leningrad during WWII. It is based on researched conducted by Alex Skitolsky when he looked at first-person narratives of women who survived the siege.