Starring Kathryn Taylor Smith
October 20, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Join Ester, an omniscient shoe whisperer, as she walks us through a day in her life on Skid Row where we meet a vagabond of characters: a transgender teen, a young mom, a mentally ill substance abuser, a high school valedictorian, a police officer, concerned citizens at a city council meeting and others. “A Mile in My Shoes” is a mix of poetry, drama and comedy in consciousness raising theater. Creator/Performer Kathryn Taylor Smith portrays over 19 characters inspired by research and personal interviews with past and present members of the homeless community as well as those who advocate for and against them.
“A Mile In My Shoes” has won numerous awards including the Encore Producers Award (Hollywood Fringe Festival), the Festival Favorite Award (Atlanta Black Theater Festival) & the NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best One Person Show – 99 Seat Theatre and Best Costume (Mylette Nora). “A Mile In My Shoes” is quickly picking up speed across the country as a show that not only raises awareness but resources, raising over $7,000 and collecting over 300 pairs of shoes for local shelters and organizations. During the show, Kathryn’s guests are encouraged to bring shoes and toiletry items that not only serve as set pieces for the show but are later donated to the homeless in each community that she performs.
This socially conscious and social relevant piece speaks to the audience from a raw, uncensored, unapologetic perspective. It will compel you to do more, to be better and to act kinder, not because they are homeless, but simply because they are human. Remember, “There but for the grace of God go I/We.”
Writer: Kathryn Taylor Smith
Director: Zadia Ife
Running Time: 90 min.
Category: Drama, Comedy, Storytelling, Poetry, Multimedia