The Little Negress: A one woman show reflecting on cultural, gender and self identity
Gaskins, Jamila K.
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Compiled between these covers is the result of an experiment in creation. I set out to write, act in and direct a show addressing events and issues that helped shape me. I wanted to take the journey with a group of people whom I respected, trusted, and loved. For the most part, it worked. Trust and respect are imperative, but love may not always be necessary. Along the way I learned more about the focus for my artist life and myself. I conquered fears and discovered new ones, yet I know that I have the courage to face them and be stronger. For those artists who read what follows, I've tried to outline my process to help you skip some of my stumbling blocks. Remember the journey of creating is incredibly personal, use what you can, then develop and shape the rest to benefit your process.