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Contact: Houston Robertson, 707-416-5379 (talk and text)
The Story of a Nice White Lady
Nice is a Four Letter Word
Clueless racism gets shredded by 83-year-old force of nature Houston Robertson in this hilarious and confessional scolding of nice white ladies everywhere. From churches to jazz clubs, from women’s marches to the White House, Houston bursts the bubble of good intentions, and reminds us that nice is a four-letter word. The show radiates with honesty and wit 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.
This sixty minute solo show was developed with the actor, writer, and director Don Reed who has produced five award-winning solo shows and appears as a lead in Bartlett (Amazon Prime) 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, 83, is a retired human resources professional and brings to her solo work her experience as a writer, motivational speaker, and award winning clown. When she was 47 she quit her job and became Ribbons The Clown on the streets of San Francisco--her first solo performance. “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, but good girls didn’t go into theater in 1954. One of the freedoms of my aging has been to discover that dreams may wrinkle but to unfold once again. She has been called a "gutsy storyteller" and “an insanely expressive and inspiring spirit”—qualities that inhabit her memoir Paper Chain Confessions which is available through Amazon.com
Houston is a member of the Storyteller’s Association of California and 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 has received the Solano County (CA) Living Legacy Award for Community Service. She lives in Benicia, California.
Houston delighted audiences in the USA and Canada with her first solo show, Victory for the Recycled Virgin —“sassy, sexy, and wickedly funny.”