Love Notes from the Skeleton in My Closet
Love Notes is set to premiere August 30 and 31st at the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art.
About the Project
We all have something to hide. We all know the fear that your deepest secrets will be revealed. We fear that the identities and worlds we have created for ourselves will be destroyed if anyone ever knew the truth. From embarrassing stories to deeper secrets about sexuality or past trauma, we all have a skeleton waiting in our closet.
What if those skeletons could talk?
Love Notes from the Skeleton in My Closet is an evening-length duet created through a collaboration between Nicole Lawson and Dylan Reddish. Reflecting on their experiences with mental health disorders, Lawson and Reddish explore the cost of living with secrets and the process of learning to accept yourself and your worst moments. Focusing on the cyclical nature of mental health disorders, they use humor and candor and to express the frustration of learning to live with a mental illness and the fear of having others discover your weakness and vulnerability. Throughout the piece, Lawson and Reddish use movement to wrestle with their failings and maladaptive patterns and acknowledge the absurdity of thinking that normality as a possibility for existence. To this end, the collaborators experiment with tools of random selection, such as random number generators and drawing movements out of fish bowls, to create movement that captures the winding pathway toward being “OK” and the disappointing realization the “OK” is a status that will constantly be renegotiated throughout our lives.
Throughout the piece, the audience will see the collaborators vacillate between attempting to shove their skeletons to the back of their messy closets and welcoming the notes that ask them to accept even the things they hate about themselves. They will become angry with themselves and each other. They will lift each other up and tumble to the floor. All in the name of discovering whether their skeletons mean them good or ill or whether they just want to be acknowledged and accepted for what they are – evidence of their humanity.