A Synopsis of SHAKING THE WIND
Shaking The Wind (STW) is the story of a chubby little Southern girl coming of age as the daughter of a Pharmacist turned Street Preacher in Atlanta Georgia. Olivia C. Wiltz was a single mother with two children and an artist husband. When Olivia found her salvation in Jesus Christ she was determined to get rid of the dead weight she had married and raise her children to fear the Lord. It is a story told from the
perspective of Margie Wiltz-- a little girl going through puberty while watching her mother transition from a respected licensed professional into a woman who voluntarily worked at fast food restaurants and preached on various street corners in Downtown Atlanta.
This is the first installment of a Trilogy Of Healing from the actor-playwright Minka Wiltz.
In Shaking The Wind Minka introduces her mother Olivia, the Street Preachers Gang, her popular brother Max and her emotionally abusive, alcoholic dr-Uncle Bitsy. The visit from Margie's maternal grandmother Ethel makes an appearance; she was whispered to be a whore and died early in Olivia's life.
Aunt Katie gives the most reassurance to little Margie; Aunt Katie always said yes to Margie and her brother Max...even when it wasn't good for them. Like that day when Max wanted the laxative that looked like chocolate and Aunt Katie made sure he stayed by the toilet after he ate it.
The journey of the piece takes the audience from the beginning of the Olivia's Jesus conviction when listening to secular music and women wearing pants were forbidden. Margie would learn the importance of pants on the playground very early in her life during a fateful field day when kickball became more humiliating than usual.
Ultimately, this story is about learning how to ask the questions that may never get answered and learning to forgive no matter what.