Ben @ 'Eve’s Song' - for reference, I’m a straight white guy
What’s it about?
A deep dive into gun violence, police brutality and LGBTQ acceptance.
One of the most interesting challenges of writing about theatre is trying to find a way to relate to a show. That’s particularly hard if its issues and plot do not tie back into your personal experiences.
In Eve’s Song, we dive deep into gun violence, police brutality and LGBTQ acceptance, just to name a few. Don’t worry, there are a few lighter topics too, like fighting to see who’s the most woke. My challenge with this show was that it touched on a ton of issues that don’t touch me.
For reference, I’m a straight white guy, which affords me the privilege of not having to experience most (or any) of these issues on a personal level. I can read about them all I want in the news, but it’s completely different to have lived them.
I want this post to be a PSA to anyone who feels uncomfortable about attending a show that, at first, doesn’t seem to represent him or her. The theatre community is rich with people from all walks of life, with all kinds of experiences. It’s totally overwhelming at first. And you’ll probably feel nervous or uncertain about a lot of the content that’s out there. Even after two years of contributing to this platform, as I sat down to write about this performance, I had no idea what I was going to say about it. I thought it would ring hollow to try and talk about issues that aren’t mine.
But it was revealed that the main family was recently divorced. And that the son (the only male in the show, which was a change!) buried himself in his computer and shied away from the problems he was dealing with. Those were both issues I could relate to. I watched and wondered how the experiences of those characters compared to mine, and how divorce affects different types of families in unique ways, but also in similar ways. You’ll always be able to find yourself in others, and we should use that to give one another a hand instead of finding who’s more at fault for something.
So, a straight white guy found representation and a personal connection in a show about African-American culture, gun violence and LGBTQ issues. I hope this helps to show that theatre is a place where you can always find meaning, connection and learn a thing or two.
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