motha how could you eva

by Lester Eugene Mayers
Virtual Theatre Collaboration ~ Director ~ April 5th
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I was offered a directing contract with VTC in January to do a workshop production of a poem called "motha how could you eva" by Lester Eugene Mayers. 

After reading the poem for the first time, I knew this was not my story to tell. After inquiring about the team and learning more about the company, I decided to take the short contract. As I believe in an collaborative process with a focus on listening, those principles simply needed to live at the forefront of my mind while working on this piece. 

Collaboration, listening, and research. Lots of research. The piece is a poem about Hydeia, a black HIV activist. I immediately dove into research on her life. 

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After having a strong understanding of Hydeia and her work, I then ventured into Lester's work. To be frank, I'm not a big book person. But I read"African Booty-Scratcha" in 1 night. I found Lester's language addictive and constantly leaving me wanting more. 

Once I read the book, I dove into some of his performance work. Gosh. I watched "100 Poems for 100 Voices" 9 times before the workshop. I highly encourage you to check it out. 

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Resources:

 

CDC: Resource About HIV,
https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/whatishiv.html

CDC: Combating HIV Stigma,
https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/hiv-stigma/index.html