Sweetheart/Bitter heart is an exploration of the juxtaposition of environmental decline and relationship anxiety (fear of abandonment, fear of engulfment, fear of intimacy, etc.) as told through spoken word and party games. This reluctant Valentine’s Day celebration for the romance-averse promises weird dancing, kissing games, exorcism and sweet treats.
The show is a double feature with OKAPI, who will perform “Carousel (part II).”
Tickets for all three shows are available here.
This is what you named the rat you bought
from the pet store. White fur and red eyes
that narrowed and darted and never met yours.
Because you couldn’t afford a cage,
Valentine lived in a cardboard box
though it took him less than one night
to chew his way out and move into the cupboards.
But the apartment you shared with three other girls,
none of you yet eighteen, was empty of food
and furniture and parents and anyone
who could make a decent decision. You lived on
school lunches and leftover desserts
from the restaurants where you washed dishes. You slept
like four orphans curled together on one mattress.
You read poetry sometimes, for entertainment, Continue reading