Austin-based artist Ursula Walker wrote a fantastic review on HowlRound of my play “The Stories of Us”. As we know, audience responses to our work are imperative to our growth creatively and professionally. I am grateful to Walker for being honest, kind and generous with her review. Ursula has been on the development side of The Stories of Us since it’s early days in the Austin Latino New Play festival and I am excited to see all of the beautiful things she has done and will continue to do.
“Stories of Us, written by Houston-based educator and alumna of the University of Texas at Austin, Jelisa Jay Robinson, directed by local theatre educator and practitioner Florinda Bryant, and produced by Teatro Vivo, had its world premiere at the MACC from April 28th to May 8th 2016. Robinson’s work is a composition of interrelated vignettes that expose the often hidden narratives of people who embody Afrolatinidad—culture and experience sprouting from the intermingling of Africans, African-Americans, and Latinas/os. As this play expresses, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to exist in this cultural space; nothing dictating the bounds of what it could or should be. There is just being.” – Ursula Simone Walker
“On this note I send gratitude to Robinson, as her introducing Stories of Us to the Austin landscape has been an opportunity for audiences who may not have the perspective to see straight into the heart of one living on the border—of culture, and of socio-geographic space. The truth is, this world can be as confusing as it can be beautiful, as people try to create labels and categories; to squeeze a person into a box and tie them to an identity. However, much understanding can be gained from a simple conversation.”
Check out the full review here.