Spoken Word Artist Rai Renea Debuts One-Woman Play
November 2-4 at 7pm
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave
Miami, Fl 33142
The opening show is $7.00. Saturday and Sundayâ€™s show are $10.00
Tickets can be purchased Online.
Play adapted from Rai Reneaâ€™s published poem Sticks and Stones.
Spoken word artist Rai Renea will deliver her one-woman play inspired by her published poem of the same title. Sticks and Stones: Fairy Tales and Other Lies as Told to a Child . The play will have a limited run at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
The play uses a combination of poetry, monologue and dance to explore the social consequences of common phrases parents tell their children â€“ such as â€œsticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.â€
In segments like â€œChildren Should be Seen and Not Heardâ€ and â€œGo to School and Work Hardâ€, Rai tells revealing stories of intolerance, judgment and truth; heartache and relevance through characterization of people who were told the sayings as children and are adversely affected by their ramifications as adults.
Rai wrote Sticks and Stones as a poem after a disagreement with someone who was intentionally using words to hurt her.
â€œI knew the words didnâ€™t describe me, but I found myself still thinking about them weeks later,â€ she said. â€œIt made me think about all the things I was told as a child that I had to erase, laugh off, or otherwise get out of my psyche because they were affecting me psychologically.â€
Sticks and Stones video is available on YouTube; the spoken word single is available for purchase on iTunes and cdbaby.com.
Sticks and Stones: Fairy Tales and Other Lies as Told to a Child is directed by Albrika Sesheta Gordon, owner of Urban Eye TV. Follow Renea on Twitter @RaiRenea. For more information visit: www.nevergrowupmedia.com.
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