"NATURAL" BY :: GRANT HARRIS | PLAYED BY :: MAKI BORDEN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAVANA MUNDY | FOLLOW @TALKFAME
BY JAVANA F. MUNDY |
M: I feel like uhh, I feel like there are a lot of things in our society, in our culture that umm, kind of pressures us to think that our bodies, our bare bodies, and our sexuality, is something that we should kinda be ashamed of or keep behind closed doors and I was really fascinated with this project because it’s all about communicating, it’s all about sharing knowledge and there’s no true information knowledge that can be bad, and it’s important to have this and share a discussion about it because the more we keep it in the closet and the more were ashamed about it the, the less help people will get whenever shit goes down.
L: Yeah, umm to piggyback off that, I think people don’t like talking about things that make them uncomfortable and for some reason umm periods make people society uncomfortable and there is no reason why that should be I mean I really think it should be celebrated because I think you need periods to continue the human race it gives life, it should be the celebration of the thing not something that’s shameful or hidden or, or not talked about.
J: Why are you a storyteller?
M: I’m a theater artist because theater and art is a, is a, is a, a craft that brings people together, and starts conversations, and creates a dialogue, and I love storytelling because I can create and foster empathy through, to, thorough as many people as I possibly can.
L: Yeah, I love or being a storyteller I think is important because you give people who don’t have a voice, a voice. And a way for ummm, you can share peoples experiences with people who might not have any connection those people can still have empathy, or might understand what people are going umm through, through like art. Art allows people to step into other people’s shoes I think and I think it’s really important.
J:What did you connect with for this monologue?
M: There’s a point in school where girls start having their periods and they start learning about it and it becomes a big part of their upbringing but as a male I was shut out of that conversation and nobody ever pulled me aside and explained to me thoroughly. I had to do my own research. Or you hear from like friends, which is the worst, (laughter).
L: Ummm, I really connected with my monologue because I think it’s kind of what I want to be. I want to be someone who can celebrate having their period and if you can feel that kind of power because it is, you create life it’s an incredible miraculous thing and it is like having a super power basically. So I love that a monologue celebrated that.
J: Do you have a website? DO you have…Do you have anything you can promote right now?
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M: Yea! Come watch Take Care at the flea theater starting Dec. 1st. It’s a . It’s a immersive interactive devised piece that allows the audience to participate and their views to be shared.
L: I just finished a show, I have something I am writing right now… no for now yes.