The Grown Folks Tour seeks to engage audiences through spoken word and theater by featuring two solo plays that explore and examine what it means to grow up, love and become yourself.
The Grown Folks Tour Features Shannon Matesky’s She Think She Grown and Danez Smith’s For Those Who Pray. Also on tour in Britteney Blackrose Kapri and Ayinde Cartman.
She Think She Grown by Shannon Matesky is a journey of learning how to grow up without getting ahead of yourself. Exploring the idea that turning 18 makes you an adult Shannon gives her personal experiences as a young woman and the wake-up calls that help her realize that she is not yet “grown” at all. Shannon confesses to her audience that being “grown” is much more complicated than just being legal. Shannon urges young adults to take their time to grow up and to appreciate their young adult years in this powerful one-woman show.
For Those Who Pray in Closets by Danez Smith is a one-man theatre production about Isaiah, a 22-year old man who by day is a quiet church boy and by night is a budding drag princess trying to hide his relationship with the pastor’s son. Isaiah tries to dance his way around without his two lives meeting but Isaiah finds himself at a standstill, having to choose between his religion and sexuality, his God and his lover, his saint and his sin. For Those Who Pray in Closets uses Isaiah to explore questions of balance, of whether God and Queer can exist in the same body, to explore what can happen when a person is forced to choose, and asks the question: Why do I have to pick?
Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL – March 21, 2013
Ohio Wesleyan, OH- April 21, 2013
Intermedia Arts, MN – April 25, 2013
7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, GA – May 21, 2013
Community Education Center, PA – May 24, 2013
Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, Ca – June 13-14, 2013
The Wild Project in New York, NY- July 5, 2013