BALTIMORATORY: Hollywood, the Land I Won't Return To
BALTIMORATORY is a performance series featuring historic speeches delivered by Baltimore performers. Curated by Lucia A. Treasure (Pigeonaire), BALTIMORATORY debuted in October 2021. In November 2021, I performed at the second BALTIMORATORY, delivering Dorothy Parker's 1953 speech "Hollywood, the Land I Won't Return To," a witty and candid commentary which followed from her inclusion in the "Hollywood 10" during McCarthy's House Un-American Activity Committee trials. Because the series permits interpretation, I chose to deliver the speech in the style of a standup comedy act. The performance -- my first non-musical live performance in nearly 2 years -- was well-received by a full house at Peabody Heights Brewery; a healing return to the stage.