Portrait of an articulated skeleton on a bentwood chair
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Well, if my first solo performance show was a little bit like getting up on stage naked, my next show is going to be like taking my skin right off. It feels uber naked. But also important.
This piece is a continuation of the show I developed this spring, and includes a bunch of outtakes from my original. I was just trying to jam too much into that first show, so it got pared down to my diabetes diagnosis and subsequent return to Weight Watchers, to blogging and couch to 5k.
THIS piece is what I’m calling the Underbelly of how I came to gain that weight in the first place. It’s an exploration of emotional eating. Because I felt like to just focus on Weight Watchers and running as the “cure-all” left a lot of the story out. This is the rest of the story – of how that emotional eating began, and how I worked to get away from its grip.
It’s intense stuff, man. I feel really vulnerable. But at the same time, I feel like putting this out there is really important. Because it’s not a simple manner of counting calories/points and getting in a bit more exercise. It’s a lot more complicated than that.
I absolutely adore my Solo Performance Workshop group – my gifted, brilliant teacher and my amazing classmates. I feel utterly safe with them and know they are going to support me as well as PUSH me to make this the most amazing show ever.
For anyone who’ll be around these parts, this performance will be debuting on Monday, August 9th, 7pm at Stagewerx Theater in San Francisco. As always, or perhaps more than ever, I’d love supportive audience members!
June 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm
Your journey is inspiring Susan. The emotional component of all of this is huge. I cant wait to see part 2! Part 1 was awesome.
June 28, 2010 at 5:35 am
I applaud you for putting it all out there in this way! I know it must be hard, but I think it must also be rewarding? And I’m sure that you provide the audience with lots of food for thought regarding a number of hot topics – weight, diet, exercise, disease, etc. You rock!
June 28, 2010 at 8:17 am
AWesome! That is what its all about isnt it? figuring out what the ‘hole in the soul” was/is that caused the emotional eating. Thats how I present it to my members. I’m all into emotinal breakthru’s in my meetings. I would totally share this with your members. What if they were to write a script on the “why” behind their weight gain. Until they figure that out they will be healed. I run my meetings around those emotional breakthru’s and celebrate them. Its raw but thats how True change occurs. I have seen so many lose the weight and gain it all back. I have come to figure out that they have NOT dealt with the “why” they eat. Its very very hard and I applaud you for putting it out there. Heck this Sat I said I would go to the movie theartre and order a super size of popcorn and Not go to the meeting…I would go to my car and eat it all. They were all gasping. But being ‘real’ is real and people listen. I still have not cried though. hee hee. Wish I lived near CA I would go to your show.
June 28, 2010 at 11:48 am
Natalee, I wish *I* could come to YOUR meetings!
June 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I am sure your show is wayyyyyy better than my meetings. Too bad you can’t You tube it and let it go viral! So glad I have met you thru the airwaves of the computers. You are so special to be a WW leader and Im sure your members love you. Now your audiences will love you. So glad there are positive people like you in the world!
June 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm
Natalee, send me your snail mail address & I’ll send you a DVD. I don’t know if it will ever be completely online bc the file is just so HUGE. But I’m happy to send you a DVD.
June 28, 2010 at 9:27 am
You are amazing and such a postie influence!!
June 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm
I’m so glad that both of us should be able to make it to this performance.
June 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm
I so so wish I could see this! The clip you posted from your first show was so neat– I know you’ll do an amazing job with this one, too. Any chance of you putting up some longer clips from either show at some time in the future? Or do you have other plans for the material?
June 29, 2010 at 12:04 am
I soo want to see this! I wonder just how many little trips I can get away with hmm… I will have to be extra nice and thrifty around here! I am sure your show will be wonderful!
July 1, 2010 at 8:28 am
I sort of don’t want to leave my mail address online? do you have email I can send it too?
July 4, 2010 at 9:02 am
man Id LOVE to be there in person….