ASHEVILLE NC – Named a Top 5 Pick at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales transports audiences back to the best (and the hardest) moments of childhood with three performances in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, January 23-25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The show is part of the theatre’s Intersections Series and is a special event in conjunction with the 2014 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. In Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales, author/actor Denise Stewart examines the secret lives of girls, the way we play, and the unsupervised side of childhood in a show full of humor and depth.
In 1978, a mother, newly widowed, moved her family from the wide, open spaces of Wyoming to a tiny town in North Carolina. Misbehaving ensued. Over thirty years later, DeeDee Stewart began writing about her childhood – and her mother.
Putting the “fun” back in “dysfunctional,” spinning tales on scarlet fever, scotch over ice and girls gone wild, this all-American girl takes audiences on an unforgettable ride through the 70s, 80s and 90s with a performance that is at once wonderfully authentic and effortlessly honest.
Denise “DeeDee” Stewart received her theatre degree from Catawba College in North Carolina before earning a Master’s in Playwriting from the University of Virginia. In addition to her playwriting and performance work, she is also a wellness coach. Stewart honed her theatre performance skills through giving honest and often theatrical motivational talks on weight loss and body image. Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales is adapted from Stewart’s blog of childhood experiences, which she kept while working as a wellness coach with teenage girls.
Featuring a full season of classes, discussions, and performances, Intersections is an opportunity for patrons to connect more deeply with the arts, artists, and each other. The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, a large multi-purpose space adjacent to the theatre and accessible from the theatre’s main lobby, is the venue for all Intersections events unless otherwise announced. Tickets are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box office at www.dwtheatre.com and (828) 257-4530.