Dallas — If one is looking for an example of how to design a powerful solo performance piece, one can look at Diana Shortes’ work in White Sauce and Diaper Babies. Shortes has created a neo-noir action painting. The aesthetics of this piece are deliciously artistic from the color palette and value ranges within the dominant color red, to the music. Each prop and set piece are strategically arranged not solely for their use, but also for their place within the painting that is the environment within which Shortes moves.
At the center of White Sauce and Diaper Babies are the words, which are from the works of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton. Each word has been carefully selected not only for its inference but also for its sound when voiced, acknowledging that the sounds of words can be as important as their meaning. The music of Bill Withers and Nina Simone have been carefully inserted as items in the design, functioning not as a sonic backdrop but with the lyrics as part of the script.
White Sauce and Diaper Babies is a deconstruction of the woman as good wife, what that means and the cost of its development. As with good deconstructions, several themes emerge such as the objectification of women. Some themes spill out, dragging unsavory topics behind them like the connections between childhood trauma and the thwarting of sensuality.
This is an intellectually stimulating and captivating work.
White Sauce and Diaper Babies continues with the following performances:
- 5:30pm | Sunday, June 12
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