SHAINA LYNN SIMMONS – Blood
July 20 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$20.00 - $25.00
This experimental movement-based play depicts the origins of misogynoir in the Black family structure, where Black mothers “love our boys” and “raise our girls.”
Blood sheds light on the intersectional oppression in childhood where the disproportionate amount of responsibility placed on Sister (Melissa Barrow) has fractured her relationship with Big Brother (Michael Tomlin III). Though she has the love and support of Little Brother (Nick Allen), the friction from the inequality remains present as the three must navigate their relationships amongst each other without parental guidance.
Shaina Lynn Simmons is a New Orleans-born, LA-based multimedia artist. Through her work, she inspires radical healing for black women. As the creator and a writer for pursuitofnappiness.org and contributor for HuffPost, Shaina cultivates spaces for analytical writing, love, and acceptance. Internationally, she has presented work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Ludwig Foundation, and Fabrica de Arte. She is a RYT 200 yoga instructor; a certified meditation instructor; and twerk fitness instructor further facilitating healing and decolonization through movement.
Since 2015 Shaina has partnered with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to host the Artist of Colour Meetup, an event that creates network and visibility for artists. She was the 2017 Curatorial Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill presenting at the Carolina Performing Arts Center. She is the 2016 recipient of The Puffin Foundation Theater Grant for AfroFuturo.
Currently, Shaina is studying at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles to become a Registered Drama Therapist. She holds a Masters of Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.