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“Venus Opal Reese’s piece about hair brought down the house. Split Ends is a kind of Vagina Monologues about loving your own kinky black hair. A varied and elegant piece about self acceptance.”
- SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
SPLIT ENDS is built around the fascinating history of black women’s hair and incorporates video, song, movement, mime and case studies compiled during one hundred interviews with American women of African ancestry. SPLIT ENDS boldly, humorously and fearlessly explores how our hair has been and continues to be both our burden and our liberation, our barrier and our connection, our cross and our salvation. According to Dr. Reese, hair connects with culture and politics, whether as an attempt to conform or as a way to declare a revolution. “Some people know wine. I pay attention to hair. I’ve spent a long time looking at identity formation through hair.”
“A striking performance! A real find.”
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
VENUS OPAL REESE, MA (Drama, Stanford University), MFA (Acting and Movement, Ohio State University), PhD (Directing and Critical Theory, Stanford University), is an award winning solo performer, playwright, director, choreographer and poet. She appeared in the U.S. Premiere of WILL POWER’S THE SEVEN in San Francisco and in subsequent performances at P.S. 122 in NY. THE SEVEN was featured in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE and won 3 Critic’s Choice Awards. Dr. Reese has trained and worked with Anna Deveare Smith and has studied acting with Vanessa Redgrave, mime with Marcel Marceau and dance with Gregory Hines and Judith Jamison, among others. Dr. Reese was recently included in WHO’S WHO IN HUMANTITIES and WHO’S WHO IN FINE ARTS, and she is presently on the tenure track as an Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.
SPLIT ENDS is directed by LIESL TOMMY, originally from Cape Town, South Africa. Ms. Tommy has directed for The Public Theatre’s New Works Now, New York Theater Workshop, Juilliard, The Women’s Project, The Play Company, the NEW Festival at Hartford Stage, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and New York Stage and Film. She was awarded the 2005-2007 NEA/TCG Directors Grant and the 2003-2005 New York Theater Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship and is a member of The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.