Eat Me & Drink Me

Rosamond King

Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer, performer, and visual artist. Her original work – and staged and guerilla performance art – has appeared in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the USA at venues from Exit Art to Estadio Yerbabruja to the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance. In addition, King’s poetry has been published in over a dozen journals and anthologies, and her visual art has been exhibited in a number of spaces including MoCADA (the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art), Diaspora Vibe Gallery, and El Sol Studios.

This is a non-narrative segment; the characters interact, but not in a normal way. It begins with Jesus dragging himself across the floor on his belly. Alice skips on, then runs through the audience until she finds and drinks a bottle of green fluid, then her movement goes from frantic to static. Celebrity walks in a pained, frozen pose for the eternal, imagined paprazzi. The lover brings the group together; he falls in love with each character in turn; Alice and Celebrity are not interested, and Jesus wants the Lover to love God. The piece ends with everyone doing similar movements, but inflected with the style of their character.

This piece is informed by three songs: Celebrity speaks some of the lyrics to “Peel Me a Grape” (Nancy Wilson or Dusty Springfield versions on Youtube – NOT Diana Krall!); Lover sings, out of order, the lyrics of “L-O-V-E” (Nat King Cole). The third song is “Joy in Repetition” by Prince – it does not appear in the piece, but it’s mood, and the repetition of the words “love me” inspired some of this.


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