Polaroid Stories, spring 2017. Live performance.
This production of Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka was directed by Margo Hall at UC Berkeley in the spring of 2017. The play blends Ovid’s Metamorphoses with the stories of contemporary homeless youth. It was a piece informed by actual interviews with young prostitutes and homeless teens. The text combines poetry and profanity in a way that makes it a great theatrical force. It speaks to the power of storytelling to transform reality. As Margo Hall told us, these are stories of survival. I played d (dionysus) in this production. d is a drug dealer who demands to be worshipped. As Naomi Iizuka explains, d is wild. She told me, “If there is a pulse in this show, d is it.”