| A part of our Words in Motion Festival…
Listen to a preview of the show
on Chicago Public Radio WBEZ here.
THE ME, MOM &
by Martie Sanders
Directed by Dorothy Milne
April 16 - 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 15 at 4:00 PM Free
Preview for Seniors only!
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 PM Press Opening
Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 25 at 5:00 PM
Group discount for 8(+) For info on group tickets call (708)
Martie Sanders is “a dynamic
writer and polished performer!” --
The man above is Charlie, my dad.
He's tapping away at the teacher talent show
at Spain Junior High in Detroit in 1967. I was
3 years old and in the audience. I remember
this event and the all-African American student
body that uproariously cheered on my dad, their
assistant principal. What I don’t remember so
well is the racial struggle of those times and
the significance of this unifying event.
Nonetheless, dad and I rediscover this together
on stage during the Words in Motion Festival
at 16th Street. Dad turns 80 in June. He gets
onstage with me and tells his story . . . even
dons those tap shoes again!
It's called The Me, Mom & Dad
Oh, yeah. Mom is in the show too—couldn't leave
her out now could I?
In 1994, prior to reality TV, Martie documented
her mom (Carolyn) on video with the help of
Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Winston. Act one
of the show mingles mom's interview with live
storytelling and reflects on Carolyn's ability
to create a memory out of any occasion or object.
The second act looks at memory from another
angle and features dad, Charlie, live on stage
with his daughter. During a phone call two years
ago, Charlie (then 77) complained to Martie
about short-term memory loss and she suggested
he exercise his memory muscles by taking up
the tap dancing
lessons he used to do as a boy. Charlie did
just that and now takes memory by the horns
and performs his tap with Martie in a piece
that recalls the race riots of 1967-68, when
he was in the early stages of his 44-year career
with Detroit Public Schools. The dad story appeared
in Live Bait Theater's 2008 Fillet of Solo festival
and received this praise: "the
heart of the evening … the biggest impression
– Martie Sanders's dad Charlie shares the stage
in her affectionate tribute, closing the evening
with a rousing tap number." Chicago
This show also played to a sold out house and
was a fundraiser for Y-ARTS Detroit in October
Come see Martie and her parents, Carolyn and
Charlie dish it out on the 16th Street stage
for 4 special performances!