I haven't been so moved by a show as I was tonight at Shakina's One Woman Show at Sophie's in NYC! A show about truth, strength, self-love, acceptance, and empowerment from living as your true self. No one demonstrates this fact better than Shakina. Growing up a boy while wanting to be a girl, Shakina took us on an emotional, heartfelt, raw, and honest ride of her journey to becoming the woman she is meant to be!
With songs written by some of today's rising and established composers/lyricists such as Joe Iconis, Joel Waggoner, Sam Salmond, and Julianne Wick Davis, Shakina weaves her story together perfectly! I laughed. I cried. I was moved. I was inspired. I think I have to go as far as to say this is one of the best written, directed, and performed solo shows I have ever seen. Shakina's story is tight, to the point, and mesmerizing.
These are just a few of the powerful lines I heard throughout the night: "We live in bodies that are betraying us." "When you meet someone, are you going to affirm their dream, reject it, or ignore it." "I walk the streets prepared for the impact."
This last line moved me the most because for as confident and self-assuured as Shakina is, it shows a real vulnerability that I didn't expect.
With just one show left, of her extended run, tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at 11pm, I can't urge you enough to go see what it really means to live out your truth and speak from your soul! Sophie's is located inside the Broadway Comedy Club at 318 West 53rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!
If you missed my interview with Shakina about One Woman Show on It's Showtime with Call Me Adam on YTP Radio, listen to it here at your leisure: http://ow.ly/woAj1
Let's all affirm Shakina's dream of becoming the woman she is by donating to her KickStartHer campaign to help her raise money to have her gender reassignment surgery. Campaign runs through May 31, 2014!