A Mile In My Shoes

kathryn taylor smith · Ages 16+ · 1hr to 90 mins

one person show
  • Please bring new or gently used shoes (adult & children) and/or toiletry items (soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, razor, shaving cream, sanitary napkins, tooth brush & mouthwash) to be donated to My Friends House www.myfriendshousela.org.

Join Ester, an omniscient shoe whisperer, as she walks us through a day in her life on Skid Row. 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 Poetic Dramedy (mix of poetry, drama & comedy) and consciousness-raising theater. Creator Kathryn Taylor Smith portrays 19 characters inspired by research and personal interviews with past and present members of the homeless community as well as those who advocate for them. This socially conscious and socially relevant piece speaks to the audience from a raw, uncensored, unapologetic perspective. It will compel you to do more, to be better & to act kinder to your homeless brethren; not because they are homeless, but simply because they are human and “There but for the grace of God go I.” Directed by Zadia Ife.

Nominee – NAACP Theatre Award – Best Solo Show – 99 Seat Theatre & Best Costumes
Winner – Festival Favorite Award – Best Actor – Atlanta Black Theatre Festival
Winner – The Encore Producers Award – Hollywood Fringe Festival
Winner – Hollywood Fringe Scholarship
Winner – Best Festival Debut – United Solo Festival

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