UNLOCKING NINE LOCKS
“We were witness to one of the most extraordinary storytellings I’ve ever seen or heard. This is an event of a century. For someone to tell a story within a story within a story is beyond imaginable. Laura took us clearly and completely and wholly there in the most holy of ways.”—Diane Wolkstein, December 2012
Whatever holds a woman back is vanquished in this weave of tales, traditional and personal from New York, South Africa, the Caucusus, and Iraq. In our complex world of conflicts and severe weather change these tales offer compassionate and outrageous instructions. These are tales worthy of Scheherezhade‘s alchemy of transforming evil into joyful revelation of inherent kindness.
Laura’s exploration of the power of storytelling combines a riveting symbolic fairytale with true life stories. She is premiering this new piece in a theater in the UK, and offering it as a house concert in support of the adolescent girls she works with in Haiti. All funds go to continue creative writing and dance classes for 18 girls who have been living in a camp in Port au Prince, Haiti since the earthquake, January 2010.
HOW TO FIND ROMANIA
Written and performed
How to Find Romania is a one-woman performance of riveting personal narrative and uncanny traditional stories. Laura Simms is a master of the word and image. While telling us the history of her childhood in Brooklyn, NY, she reveals the remarkable journey of an artist’s coming to terms with history, spirituality, and family after WWII. Directed by A Traveling Jewish Theater director Naomi Newman, How to Find Romania breaks new ground with a direct theatre genre of storytelling that engages the audience with the immediacy of a kitchen table conversation.
Laura becomes a myriad of characters including a Maori elder, a stubborn father, her Romanian grandmother, and herself: as an imaginative child, delinquent adolescent, and adult seeker. She tells stories from Africa and Babylon, shifting time and place with a subtle change of voice and the simplest of costume change.
A storytelling evening in two acts: an outrageous response to increasing speed and violence is joy. The evening begins with an encounter in Manhattan with a Buddhist monk and a man dancing naked on Broadway. Laura Simms tell a combination of personal narratives and traditional tales of healing, resilience and unconditional goodness. She lets us feel her remarkable work including Haiti and Romania. Interwoven iis a Kurdish Jewish fairytale, an African wisdom story and a Tibetan Buddhist Tale of brilliant female transformation.
Details: 1 and a half hours / two acts