The Confederate Flag and the Swastika Flag

Posting below a great explanation of the racism behind the insistence on flying the Confederate Flag.

America is so many different countries. Living in New England and New York State and California, I could never have imagined the Confederate flag hanging over an official government. It wouldn’t have been tolerated. But it does fly in South Carolina.

What must it be like for African-Americans to pass by it every day? That I can’t imagine either. Larry Wilmore covers the history of the flag and the truth about it brilliantly in this video.

Like Diogenes searching for just one honest man, I’d like to find one proponent of flying the Confederate flag to “express his heritage” who doesn’t in some way believe Blacks are inferior and unequal.

My mother’s heritage includes growing up in Nazi Germany. The sight of the swastika flag, she told me, makes her want to vomit. I would like to think that anyone born at the tail end and after slavery would feel the same way.

http://www.alternet.org/culture/watch-larry-wilmore-had-best-2-minutes-confederate-flag-youll-see

June London Fringe and July Winnipeg Fringe for 2015!

Can’t wait to see new audiences in London for the first time and return to Winnipeg! Canadian Fringes are wonderful. Audiences who appreciate and come out to see theater. I’m busily brushing up my first show, Hitler’s Li’l Abomination, for both fringes, rehearsing with other performers in my home area like Randy Rutherford and Slater Penney… See you soon! Now if only I didn’t have to keep explaining that I’m going to the fringe in “London, CANADA”… Where else would there be a wonderful supportive theater fringe festival? Whoops, I mean “theatre”…

My Solo Performance Mentor’s talk on Creativity and the Creative Life

For anyone who has enjoyed anything about my solo performance work… My shows and so many others would never have come to be without this man, David Ford. Recently he gave a talk about being creative and the creative life. It’s inspiring and entertaining and moving and comforting. This isn’t a short Youtube click ‘n’ move on experience, but if you have the time and interest to watch a fully developed talk (like a Ted talk, only not), I think you will enjoy this: David Ford’s, “The Title Is How The Work Gets Done, –Until I Change The Title.” And I would love to hear your thoughts about it after. I also want to honor three other great artistic mentors of mine, as this talk discusses the thread between us all: Bruce Herman and John Valentine, who taught me many of these same lessons in humility and discipline in the visual arts and theater as early as high school at the Beaver Country Day School, and Lydia Fakundiny who taught me about the art of writing in college. Not to mention Freddie Yudin, who encouraged my writing in the sixth grade. When I go back in time, I see clearly that artists are not islands but members of communities that go back for generations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-csnYnnso

Theater Around The Bay: ANNOUNCING SATYR NIGHT FEVER!

San Francisco Theater Pub

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We’re excited to announce that the first show of the triumphant San Francisco Theater Pub return is happening on Saturday, January 17th!

Fresh from this past year’s San Francisco Olympians Festival, we’ll be doing a fast and furious, three performance run of SATYR NIGHT FEVER, a bawdy comedy by Annette Roman and Bryant Turnage, directed by Greg Young and featuring Tony Cirimele, Annabelle King, Genevieve Perdue and Karl Schackne!

SATYR NIGHT FEVER is the tale of hapless satyr Peter, who has lost his mojo. In a world of manscaped, owl-spectacled, skinny-jeaned hipsters, Peter’s back hair, frumpy clothes, and nerdy hobbies, just aren’t attracting the ladies. Desperate, he seeks guidance from a human pick-up artist to learn some modern tricks of the trade. The gentlemen hit the bar to find Peter a date, and run into a frustrated wood-nymph with a dating…

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Lovely review from the Winnipeg Free Press of Animal Love!

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/fringe/reviews/Animal-Love-266269391.html

Annette Roman’s Animal Love is billed as a comedy, but be warned: this Winnipeg fringe première will make you cry.

Despite the California actor’s love for all things furry and four-legged, this tender 60-minute show is actually about coming to terms with the deaths of (human) loved ones. In particular, it’s a beautiful tribute to Roman’s German mother — a strong woman who raised four kids largely on her own after kicking out their abusive father and for whom Annette must care at the end of her life, when we are our most primal selves.

The show starts slowly, but once it finds its rhythm, it’s an affecting bit of theatre. Roman is a deft performer; she plays multiple characters with grace and agility. But it’s her abilities as a storyteller that sell this show. She’s an evocative writer; you were in the living room with her at Christmas, you could feel the Texas heat on the porch in Dallas. The anxiety she feels when she’s trying to get home to her mother from Edinburgh is palpable.

Animal Love is an emotional, raw nerve of a show — the star herself was in tears by the end. Bring Kleenex.

— Jen Zoratti

From the Fringe program:
Director: David Ford/Slater Penney

Cast: Annette Roman

The tale of a woman looking for love in all the wrong animals. Raised by a dog, Annette is ill-prepared for life among humans. After many failures, she finds the perfect companions in an unusual pair of pets. Unfortunately, their expiration dates are short — and so are some people’s…

Annette Roman’s previous solo show Hitler’s Li’l Abomination toured seven Fringe festivals in the US, Canada and the UK.

“Profound and hilarious” – Broadway Baby

“Rich material” – Edmonton Journal

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Seniors, Nurses & Vet Techs with valid ID

Warnings: None

4 Star Review from Winnipeg CBC for Animal Love!

http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/features/fringe/site/entry/animal-love

If you’re looking for something more intimate and personal at the Fringe, Animal Love may be just the ticket.

This solo show from California performer Annette Roman has much to recommend it. Roman is a skillful storyteller with plenty of wit and warmth à la Nora Ephron. “Linoleum is the Waterloo of pets,” she observes. Her script is economical and never maudlin. Just don’t let the title fool you. While Roman begins by recalling the animals in her life, she gradually shifts focus to the people.

Ultimately this is the story of familial love and loss, told with quiet humour and grace.

–Iris Yudai

Why I Skipped 3 Pages of My Script While Performing an Excerpt from Animal Love

On Monday I performed the 2nd third of my new solo show Animal Love. I skipped 3 pages out of 13 because I mixed up the cue for my transition. I had a similar moment and action that occurred twice in the script, and I jumped from the first one to what followed the second one.

I blame the baby Jesus.

Here’s why.

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First scene:

ME

On Christmas Eve, my father rings a little silver bell to summon us—tink tink tink—and we all line up by the kitchen door.

Tink tink tink! We file by our hand-carved wooden Krippe—our German nativity scene. I get to set it up because I’m the baby in the family!

Grossmutter sends us new pieces every year, wrapped in tissue paper and labeled in…unreadable Gothic German script. [open paper] Sheep. Another sheep. More sheep…

Finally, an elephant with a red saddle and gold trim! And a baby elephant with little leather ears!

I spend hours redistributing the sheep—One for you to watch o’er by night. One to watch o’er by day. By afternoon. Dusk—and constructing my own version of the tower of Bremen town musicians: Ox and ass… camel… sheep…baby Jesus!

[Mime Jesus on top of tower and transition to…the 3 pages I skipped]

Excerpt from scene I skipped:

RECORDING WE LISTEN TO EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE

Let us remember now the poor and the helpless. The cold, the hungry, and the oppressed; the sick in body and in mind, and them that mourn; the lonely and the unloved; the aged and the little children [long pause]…and all who know not the lord Jesus!

ME

[worried, then] Oh, I know him! He’s the baby at the top of my Nativity Tower!

[Mime Jesus on top of tower, and transition to…]

[Go to audience member who is taking care of my mimed rat] Could I have my rat back, please? Thank you.

There is no Christmas rat in Bethlehem… Although one December there was a mouse under the stove and my mother said…

MOTHER

I’ll wait until after Boxing Day to set out a trap!