Love Painted Brown
Love Painted Brown is about simultaneity. Grounded in the stories that color an Indian/Mexican woman’s upbringing in an African American family, the work performs academia and analyzes story. Piece by piece, Shanti Gonzales invites the audience to join her in deconstructing previously held notions of race, gender, class, and more. Part performance, part seminar, part ethnography — Love Painted Brown is about getting one’s hands dirty in order to sift through the com-post of brown womanhood in 2017.
Bio: Shanti Gonzales, an Indian-Mexican-American woman, is an actor, director, writer, and theatremaker. She makes art by putting (her) public face on secrets of brownness that formed her, and engaging with the idea of being, in a manner of speaking, afraid of the dark. Through her work, she hopes demystify the self-exploration project, teach self-care and intersectional feminism by example, and encourage young brown artists to stop fearing the dark, and begin feeling it.
Apart from her one woman show (soon to be shown at the Montreal Fringe Festival 2017), recent acting credits include Cristina in The Refugee Hotel (Teesri Duniya Theatre), Vicky in Bright Half Life (Brave New Productions), The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone (Nobles Theatre Collective) and Slightly in Peter Pan (Players’ Theatre). Directing credits include How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel (Moyse Hall), In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl (Moyse Hall), and Look Back in Anger by John Osbourne (Tuesday Night Cafe Theatre). At 17 she founded CoffeeSpoons Theatre Project, a community theatre based in Boston, MA, which she directed and managed for three years. An avid musician and singer, she also works as an instructor for Monkey Rock Music, teaching interactive music classes for children under the age of four.
When: April 21, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: TNC Theatre, Morrice Hall
Tickets ($5) available on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/love-painted-brown-a-happening-with-shanti-gonzales-tickets-33048382602?utm_term=eventurl_text) and pay-what-you-decide at the door