Anastacia Tolbert: 9 Ounces


The weekend this show opened at The Project Room in Seattle, WA, people from all walks of life sat down in a tiny gallery to witness one woman become three distinct characters.

As described by the premiering gallery:

“9 Ounces: A One Woman Show is an unkempt, de-ribbon-ed, narrative braid dangling with crooked parts. It unofficially yogas its way through the unexpected journey of a queer woman of color’s mid-life a-ha moment and extreme case of takotsubo’s cardiomyopathy. Using the audience as mirror, epiphany and diary, three narratives crochet themselves around evolving frames. Meet Luna, innocent, truth-telling, childlike ghost-angel; Saraphina, filter-free, wise, counsel-spiritual matriarch; and Alice, an artist and writer wedged between four universal questions: Who the hell am I/not? What am I supposed to be doing? Why me? What’s for dinner? Together, the three bravely and vulnerably traverse the what-now with humor, sadness and a longing wish to have a deeper appreciation and longstanding compassion for Alice’s 9-ounce heart and a goal to master downward dog.”

Anastacia wove the lives of three women via the common ground of an apartment complex.  Separate parts of the stage served as apartments, with distinct nuances and character supporting props.

I instantly fell in love with the youngest of the three characters, Luna.  She is intuitive and energetic.  She reminded me of the little girl who bounces around in my chest.  She is pure buoyancy and truth.  Luna inspires the children in all of us to love without limits and stay true to ourselves.

If you want to experience 9 Ounces this weekend, tickets can be purchased via the Hugo House website.



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