About the Show

In Eenie Meanie a black man approaches Teresa and asks, “Why did you write this?” “Because it’s mine,” she answers. Eenie Meanie was conceived by performance poet Teresa Willis in 2001. Having developed an engaging voice and a performance style through her activity in the LA Poetry scene since 1990, Teresa yearned for a way to delve into a topic in a longer format that brought together all her artistic passions: writing, acting, and singing. Eenie Meanie answered this yearning and allowed Teresa to explore a topic that she has been fiercely committed to since childhood – the healing of racism.

Teresa was fascinated by the memories of her own innocent reactions to African-Americans as a child. Her sense of indignation for their social plight seemed surprising given her lily-white upbringing in Kentucky during the 1960’s. In Teresa’s examination of the thread of that innocent fascination as it wound its way throughout her life, she discovered a story that needed to be told.

Eenie Meanie had its first preview performance on July 26, 2003 at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock in Eagle Rock California. Later that summer on August 29, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center hosted the fully staged theatrical premiere at Ed Gould Plaza in West Hollywood. From there Eenie Meanie was booked for subsequent performances at The Performance Loft in Redlands, California, as well as two separate performances at California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona. In March of 2004, Eenie Meanie was presented at the Split ID Theatre for 2 sold out performances. In March of 2005, Eenie Meanie was chosen from hundreds of applicants to appear at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. And in August of 2005, Teresa, Elizabeth and the Eenie Meanie production team wowed audiences at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2006, Eenie Meanie was invited back to the LA Women’s Theatre Festival. The show also toured Kentucky and made an appearance at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. In Cincinnati, Eenie Meanie was the only Fringe entry to be awarded the prestigious Acclaim Award for excellence in theatre for the 2006 season. Eenie Meanie was also accepted from thousands of applicants into the New York International Fringe Festival, where the show opened to rave reviews in August of 2006. In 2007, Eenie Meanie enjoyed a successful 5-week Los Angeles run at the Open Fist Theatre. In October 2008, the show played to enthusiastic audiences at the Escondido Center for the Performing Arts. 2010 brought the Hollywood Fringe Festival and another rave review.  Most recently, Eenie Meanie was presented by the 2013 Slant Cultural Theatre Festival in Louisville, KY.

Audience response to Eenie Meanie has been universally enthusiastic. Teresa’s personal journey inspires a deep sense of identification in many who see the show. The show often evokes intense emotion and lengthy discussion. The messages of personal responsibility and the connectedness of all are timely and timeless. It is this facet of the show that lifts it above normal theatrical productions. Eenie Meanie is activism.

The next performance of Eenie Meanie will be with Bunbury Theatre Company as part of their 2014-15 Season.  The show opens Feb 13 & runs through March 1.  Tickets through the Tickets page of this website.

In recognition of artistic excellence, Eenie Meanie (Alchemy Productions) has been selected to participate in the Performing Arts Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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