Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 172 – Dead Sea Scrolls and “Saving Souls (One Lapdance at a Time)”
Last week Special K and I went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. We roamed among the historical artifacts that support the scroll exhibit and we were thoroughly awed by not only the scrolls themselves but the events themselves by which these items have finally made their way to public display.
In keeping with the semi-biblical theme, a few weeks ago I saw the most charming, delightful and poignant one woman show called The Burning Bush. In this part musical, part ode to Madonna, and part dance, the main character Barbara Baumawitz embarks on a journey to teach Kabbalah to strippers. In the process she makes friends, makes amends for past sins, and finds her true path in life.
Tracey Erin Smith is Toronto’s own, an actor and a playwright. She teaches the art of solo shows and works with seniors and people with cancer focusing on comedy and personal story telling.
Regardless of what I may have expected from this play, some titillating strip tease or other erotic acts, I was surprised by the journey that Tracey Erin Smith took me on. She takes us from silly geeky awkwardness to learning how to make her dreams come true. And how to bring joy to other people. This is how she makes the audience feel by the end of the show: Joyful
In a short talkback session after the performance, Ms Smith and the director Anita La Selva answer questions from the audience and talk a little about the artistic process of this one woman show.
- Listen to HotFRM 172 – Dead Sea Scrolls and Saving Souls (27mb)