Black River Falls is my third full-length autobiographical solo show. It received the Empty Space/Live Theatre New Writing Bursary in 2012, and was featured as part of the Yard Theatre Generation Game collection of new work in 2013.
In the late 19th century the Wisconsin frontier town of Black River Falls descended into a period of madness, murder and suicide. In the late 20th century, my sister Jenny settled nearby, married the same Albanian man three times and converted to Islam.
When Jenny first married Safet I thought, ĎFine! Thatís great! Iím open-minded! A Muslim in the family!í But it wasnít as easy as that - families rarely are. Jenny & I used to pretend we were twins. What happens now? Is she the same person scarfed as she was in shorts? And why move to northern Wisconsin?
The show talks about how life can change. How it can fall apart and come back together again. It talks about communities, congregations and families, about tolerance, life and how everything can eventually be OK.
Black River Falls: a conversation with live music, film, and stories of about a Christian/Agnostic daughter of the Western world who decides to embrace Islam, embark on an intercultural relationship, and settle in a small, Midwestern town rich with its own strange history. Survival, love, madness and history, songs and occasional puppets, and all the drama, dismay, surprise and humour of life.