You’re invited to attend the shiva for the only child I’ll ever have and the divorce I wanted more than my marriage.
In Judaism, we bury the dead and mourn immediately. Significantly: Shivas are not done for miscarriages or abortions.
Ritual makes loss real. I’ll be incorporating the acts of sitting shiva into the physical experience of this piece.
Judaism is a communal religion. The group is part of the mourning of loss.
Part of my goal in doing this piece, and its ritual, is to give everyone in the room a space to acknowledge loss. Also covered? Sperm, ex-lesbians, how to pack a carry-on when you don’t have a home.
Everything Is Subject to Change is an exploration of my experience of loss in a time when the pace of loss is accelerating. Structures are falling apart. Something new is being born.
Host a living room show: request an EISTC workshop in your town you can get at least 10 friends together. If I’m not already scheduled to be in your town, you will need more friends there to back the travel. Baking something is always a good idea. Let me know on twitter.
Heather was engaging, she was able to throw an intimate blanket over the audience. She pulled them into her personal story and made them part of the experience. The audience actively asked her questions and she weaved her response into the performance. From an artistic perspective, I saw how she did it, she connected people and allowed them to come to grips with reality. She made it feel like its their story too.
– social artist and workshop participant Suzanne Ngyugen, Sydney Australia
The best kind of disruption. Heather reminds us that we all suffer, and that, in the face of that suffering, telling stories helps more than a bit. We get a hit of the real thing. And of course she’s also funny as hell. – Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, Oakland USA
Riveting…honest…one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time. – former theatre critic and workshop participant Jimmy Waites, Sydney Australia
Live/Work – San Francisco, 1999
Institutions Fail: Loss and the Net (2011 ContactCon)
What is Home?
Other People’s Keys
Seattle, March 5th 2011
Portland – Living Room Workshop w pie, May 2011
Toronto – I Just Love That I’m So Into You, Winter 2011
Portland – Living Room Workshop w pie, Oct 2012
Litquake – Other People’s Keys, Mill Valley Library, Oct 2012
Porchlight – I Surrender, San Francisco, May 2012
San Francisco – Solo Sundays Stage Werx, May 2013
San Francisco – Bawdy Storytelling, Verdi Club, Sept 2013
Sydney, Australia – Web Directions – October 2013
Berkeley – TMI Storytelling, Spring 2014
San Francisco – Solo Sundays, Stage Werx January 2015
Oakland – March 2015 – hosted by Lisa Gluskin and Erich Stonestreet
Dixon Place NYC. – May 19, 2015.
Oakland – July 2015 – hosted by Andrea Clark and Mark Addleman
San Francisco – Killing It – Fall 2016
Berkeley – Summer 2016 – hosted by Gary Pinsky
Yarn – Oakland – Fall 2016
Post here or on twitter with #EISTC to join the ongoing conversation about loss, living in flux, ritual and our economy and culture losing many of its institutions. Hilarious, right? What did you or your world lose in the last few years? Tell me. Want to host a living room workshop or show while the show is in development or once it tours?
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