August 16, 2019

Darrious Varner is sitting on a bus, headed to work most likely. He had been working on

a piece about Depression at the behest of local playwright Shannon Geier and after turning in a

finished piece, felt inspired to push the 10 minute play further. “Do You Miss Me” was...

I’ve learned more in the last 6 years, researching topics I wanted to write about, than I have in the 43 years that came before.

I’ve learned all the hormones associated with romantic urges and sexual gratification (Paradigm), I’ve learned that doctors spend 28% less ti...

August 14, 2019

Over the course of the last few years a lot of things have changed that didn’t think would happen in my life. 

Last year I got married. 

The year before that I started seeing more people coming back to see me at live shows. 

The year before that Trump won the election. 


August 13, 2019

Several parts of my body are oozing from mosquito bites. I can’t stop scratching them. I have no

impulse control. I also have no bug spray. I’m an artist. My upper body muscles stay toned. Last

year I climbed poles for money. In the winter I was a baker. This summer I am...

August 12, 2019

Someone once told me that safety is an emotion. Sure it’s not one of the five primary

emotions; but the more I think about it, the more I agree. Safety is relative. The same

with Circus. Sure, the concept of safety is more abstract and circus is tangible; but if

you think...

I wrote “Nora’s Numbers” along with my number one comedy partner and bff, Analicia Kocher (who will

be playing Nora at this year’s St. Lou Fringe). Analicia and I have been performing together for the past

5 years, having cut our teeth at the Improv Shop. We’ve done impr...

August 6, 2019

These are some insights into the process of creating of a world premiere plays by First Run Theatre. Specifically, we are looking at our current production Screaming at Optimum Pitch by Peg Flach, as presented by St Lou Fringe.

Our process at First Run is somewhat diffe...

August 5, 2019

Had you asked me a couple years ago what my first one-woman show would look like, I would have hands down said, “a song and dance show, with some stories intermingled.”  I have 2 decades experience as an internationally touring and teaching burlesque artist, with dance...

August 4, 2019

Photo credit: Paula Ramirez

I should’ve been named 

Imani or Amara or Anaya or Ebele or... 

Maybe my birth certificate should’ve said

 Ife or Mesi or Nala or Nia or... 

I think her lips should’ve formed

Nkiru or Nyrarai or Sanaa

...but my mother and my grandmother, affec...

        A typical  “what do you do with your life?” conversation I’ve had a lot lately:

         “Oh, you’re a dancer. Cool. What style do you do? Ballet?”

         I try not to look offended, ass...

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