This past rainy weekend, Sunshine Theater was rocked by WATSKY, Witt Lowry, Daye Jack and Chuckwudi Hodge. If you missed out, here are a few snapshots to give you a taste of the energy that was bouncing off the walls and running through the crowd.
Also, this is a gem if you're all about that old sound.
I am late for J's play. G is already there. I rush into the building and realize that I have walked out onto the stage. I put my head down and rush across to a plush chair and sit down. The actors continue talking to each other, saying their lines, doing their lives. I get a dirty look from a guy on my left in a black felt hat. I must be in his place.
"Military sexual trauma" is a government-imposed term used to convey rape and sexual assault inflicted upon members of the armed forces by other U.S. soldiers. It's also the subject of Donna Fiumano-Farley's A Shot Away: Personal Accounts of Military Sexual Trauma. The writer interviewed soldiers and used their words—verbatim—to create a narrative of the widespread but hush-hush injustices that affect women and men in uniform. It's not a traditional play, and it's not just a series of monologues. The stories of seven soldiers—one speaking from the grave—are woven together. The end result is a portrait of the horrific practices and strange military regulations that enable ongoing sexual misconduct in the military. This is the third staging of the piece, after shows in NYC and St. Louis. Final shows Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. $16, $12 students and seniors. auxdog.com.