January 20, 2009
“The Mammy Project” Visits Webster University
“The Mammy Project,” a provocative one-woman show, written and performed by Michelle Matlock, explores the influence that the stereotype, myth and icon the “Mammy” has had on contemporary American culture. This show uses original music, storytelling and historical speeches to transform an oppressive stereotype into a celebration of the power we gain from knowing and understanding our history. The goal is to educate, entertain and more importantly to bring people together in asking some tough questions about race in America. Discussion will follow after the show.
Monday, February 2, 2009, 7 p.m.
Sunnen Lounge University Center, 175 Edgar Road
This event is free and open to the public.
The Mammy Project is brought to you by the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs. For more information call Niki Femmer at 314-246-7596 or visit www.themammyproject.com.
Michelle Nicole Matlock a native of Washington State graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. She began developing her solo show THE MAMMY PROJECT in 2001 and continues to tour the show at universities, colleges and festivals around the world. Currently Michelle is developing an original work with the band Inner Princess called Sum of Us, which explores transgender history and the life of Harlem Renaissance Blues Singer Gladys Bentley. Dixon place selected this work as their only Mondo Cane spring 2007 Commissioned original work. Michelle has worked as an actress for The New Acting Company, Moonwork Inc. Fay Simpson’s Impact Theater and Crossbreeding Productions. She has also been featured as a physical comedienne in Circus Amok, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and The Daredevil Opera Company‘s CIRCUS INFERNO. Often Michelle is a professional clown for The Big Apple Circus Clown Care and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Krooze Komics. Michelle was selected for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Artist & Communities 2005 residency at The LGBT Center in New York City. She has taught numerous workshops in Solo Performance Creation at Universities across the country, Community Centers and after school programs in NYC. (http://www.themammyproject.com/)