The story of a girl confronting her mother who pimped her out for Jesus and the devastating moment when she took the scales off to see the world.
Shaking The Wind refers to the feeling when the Holy Ghost takes over and the force is so powerful that atmosphere surrounding that body seems to oscillate-shake. This story has been 40 years in the making but I started writing it down in 2014 after my mother transitioned. While we didn’t agree on most things when she died, I spoke honestly to her about my feelings and asked her questions about hers.
This story is NOT a neat little bow of reconciliation. This story IS hilarious, at times poignant, always honest and sometimes surreal. New music co-written by S. Renee Clarke and myself helps to give this story more of a depth of storytelling that continues to enrich this story. Being able to perform the piece in intimate spaces brings the audience on a journey that is very often lost in traditional theater spaces.
I am fairly certain me and my mother still wouldn’t see eye to eye on things even if she came back to this world. The difference now is that I don’t need her to agree with me or who I am. That journey could only happen if I allowed myself to write and perform this piece.
If you have ever been at a loss for how to forgive loved ones who seemed to overlook your truth, this may be a story that you would enjoy experiencing.
See y’all at the house. (A Southernism)
— Minka Wiltz