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The Story of a Nice White Lady
Nice is a Four Letter Word
The Story of a Nice White Lady is vivid, touching, and raw. In this confessional scolding of nice white ladies, Houston Robertson suggests “good intentions are not good enough” as she parallels her personal story and a storybook one to highlight the clueless racism and homophobia of nice white ladies. She also pays tribute to her mother who “seemed to have no racial walls.” Houston peppers her wisdom and scolding with her trademark wit. Nice, she points out, is a four-letter word.
The show radiates with honesty and wit. This solo performance piece was developed with the comedian and actor Don Reed (donreedcomedy.com), and Mark Kenward (markkenward.com), an icon of solo performance in the San Francisco Bay area. Kenward also directs the show. He is an award-winning director of more than 30 productions in the San Francisco Bay Area solo theater scene He says of Houston: “Houston performs with an engaging presence and riveting energy. She is a force to be enjoyed.”
Houston Robertson brings to her solo work her experience as a writer, award-winning clown and motivational speaker. “I’ve wanted to be on stage since 1954, my senior year in high school, when I appeared as Olivia in Night Must Fall. It just felt like I belonged on stage. One of the freedoms of my aging has been to discover that dreams may wrinkle but to unfold once again. In the mid-80s, when she was in her mid to late 40s, Houston performed as Ribbons the Clown on the streets of San Francisco. Her outrageous spirit and gracious presence also inhabit her memoir Paper Chain Confessions. (Available at Amazon.com.)
Houston is a member of the Storyteller’s Association of California and is the recipient of two advanced Toastmaster awards. Houston uses storytelling from folk traditions, fiction, and biography to trigger reflection and conversation in her motivational Talks and Tales for the Renaissance Years that promote a developmental view of aging. She has keynoted several conferences on aging, and provided a series of storytelling and conversation events for Emeritus College and senior living communities. She has always been a force in her community and in 2013 received the Solano County (CA) Living Legacy Award for Community Service. She lives in Benicia, California. (www.houstonrobertson.com).
Houston delighted audiences in the USA and Canada with her first solo show, Victory for the Recycled Virgin.