“Body Talk: Sexual Triumphs, Trials, and Revelations” – a performance of true stories about sex, birth, mothering, menopause, mammograms, wax jobs, and what it means to be a woman – is back by popular demand after two previous sold-out Bellingham performances in September. “Body Talk” returns for three performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 30 followed by two more showings: one at 5 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 1 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, Wash.
Five women, including three Western instructors, will perform dramatic readings of monologues created by Maria McLeod, based on in-depth interviews she conducted with women across the United States. McLeod, who works as a freelance writer and documentarian, also is an assistant professor of journalism.
“This is a rich collection of female voices, women who don’t hold back on detail – hilarious, raw and uplifting,” said McLeod. “Ever since our premiere run in September people have been asking us to return for an encore performance, and we couldn’t be happier to oblige.”
“Body Talk” consists of dramatic monologues resulting from interviews with 10 different women: a mammography technician, nun, an esthetician, new mother, transgendered woman, Buddhist feminist, and more. Their stories, told with sincerity, comedy, and conviction, are about events that shape women’s lives.
Monologues will be performed by: Western Senior Instructor in Theatre/Dance Pam Kuntz, artistic director of Kuntz and Company; television and stage actress Sheila Larken Goodwin; Fairhaven College Professor Marie Eaton; Western Theatre Arts student Hannah Leigh Reclam; Western Journalism Instructor Sarah Eden Wallace. “Body Talk” is directed by Karee Wardrop. Musicians, playing as part of the performance, include Janet Peterson on Cello and Alexa Peters, also a Western student, on piano. Lighting by Angela Kiser. “Body Talk” is produced by How Loud Media.
Admission is $15. Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com, Village Books, and at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Womencare Shelter. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BodyTalkPerformance.