Eenie Meanie keeps on keeping on…
Welcome to the home of Eenie Meanie, Teresa Willis’ award-winning solo performance piece. At once funny and insightful, Eenie Meanie examines conditioned racism in the well-meaning heart. Following one white woman’s journey from innocence to apathy to awakening, Eenie Meanie employs music, video, and spoken word using Willis’ own experiences to provide a deeply personal perspective on baby-boomer racism.
The show has been performed 66 times since 2003 in California, Scotland, New York City, Cincinnati, Lexington & Louisville (Walden Theatre, 2006.) The show has been hailed by critics and audiences alike domestically and abroad. The show was the only Cincinnati Fringe entry awarded a pretigious Acclaim Award from the Cincinnati Enquirer for the 2006 season. Most recently Eenie Meanie was presented at the Slant Culture Theatre Festival in November 2013 – check out the great review from Arts-Louisville just added to the Press page.
So, yes, it’s been over a decade since the show’s premiere. Often I’ve thought it’s time to move on, put it away, write something else. But just as I’m about to break it down, another opportunity, another audience shows up. When I realized how this show moves people and inspires one to examine their own relationship to the wound of racism, I decided that I’d keep doing it as long as there was audience that wants to see it. And, that keeps happening. So Eenie Meanie keeps on keeping on.
Next up – I’ll perform a short excerpt at the SWAN Day celebration. “Support Women Artists Now” Day is an international holiday that supports and celebrates global unity among women artists and their unique individual voices. The event is March 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm at PYRO Gallery, 909 East Market Street in the NuLu Arts District in Louisville. Hope to see you there!
There’s also another Louisville performance in the offing. I promised my locked out, snowed in audience from Slant that I’d mount the show again for them and I will. Still ironing out the details, but stay tuned!