On Saturday December 8 Westport-based MouseMuse Productions will continue its totally successful “Real Stories, Real People” series at The Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport with a totally unique, totally inspiring one-woman show called, appropriately, “T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” by Kimleigh Smith.
“T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” is a powerful and true story, a one-hour theater piece, written and performed by Kimleigh Smith who spent the first 10 years of her life in Japan before moving to Kansas. “Smith will take the audience on a journey that has been called, “totally uplifting, totally heartbreaking, and totally powerful,” said MouseMuse producer Ina Chadwick. “Kimleigh Smith called me two years ago after a friend told her about MouseMuse’s flagship storytelling programs. I didn’t have an appropriate venue for her extraordinary solo show. When we teamed up with The Bijou, Kimleigh Smith was the first person I called. We are very lucky to get her here from Los Angeles. It’s a one time deal.”
Smith, who was a cheerleader at Emporia State College and went on to the Miss Kansas Pageant, will have you howling in your seats in hysteria while clutching your heart. Her story is an honest attempt to inspire everyone to find their own strength, as she found hers after a bad turn of events after a football game, where she had been certain she’d snagged the quarterback’s heart. However, she was gang raped by the “hero” and a few of his friends.
Like many rape survivors Smith suppressed her rage by saying, “That’s okay, that’s alright,” and then getting on with her life. The journey of facing what happened and reclaiming her paralyzed body is at the heart of
“T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” “The story of “T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” is inspirational, entertaining as all get out, and truly worth seeing,” says David Vining of www.nytheatre.com. He continues by writing, “Kimleigh Smith’s presentation is polished, honest, and specific, down to her own shiny superhero-themed program. See this great performance.”
“T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” won Kimleigh Smith top honors in New York’s International Fringe Festival in 2010 and Hollywood’s 2010 Fringe Festival. “Thanks to Smith’s superhuman vivacity, her blistering sense of humor,
“T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” is among the best of Theater Asylum’s Hollywood Fringe,” wrote Steen Leigh Morris of LA Weekly.
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