Gary Walker's GREEN EYES JUST LIKE YOU AND ME Set for United Solo Festival, 11/14-16
It's one man's love-letter to the crazy family that prepared him for his even crazier life, by teaching him the only way they knew how: honestly. Larry - the short-tempered, overprotective dad, and all-or-nothing savior; Nancy, the mom with the heart of gold, and the world's most gleeful pessimist ("Life's a bitch, then you die!"), and Grandma Brewer, the chain-smoking, whiskey-drinking rebel who preaches the gospel of Ricki Lake. These are just a few of the characters brought to vibrant life in a moving, funny memoir of a boy growing up in rural Michigan.
10-year-old Gary asks his dad to explain how an exorcism works after watching an eye opening special on primetime. Dad decides the best explanation is to rent for him the 1973 classic, The Exorcist. Debilitated by the experience, will Gary ever overcome his crippling fear of satanic possessions and the world that's unseen?
Why did Dad make Gary go to church with his holy rolling Pentecostal Aunt and Uncle, who writhed on the floor while speaking in tongues, when he didn't even believe in God himself? Why did Grandma smoke cigarettes with a live oxygen hose resting on her hairline? Why did Dad think a McDonalds breakfast would make up for the fact he sold the family dog behind their backs? Did Dad regret finding out at 15 that the father he knew and loved was actually his adopted dad, and that his real father was sentenced to life in prison for murder in the first degree?
Green Eyes Just Like You and Me shows how growing up on a dirt road in rural Michigan can give you everything you need. This family may have a cow named Bob and not a nickel to their name, but they're beyond worldly in their uncensored approach to tackling life's tough questions. Sometimes having less helps you accomplish more.
Nov. 14th at 9:00pm & Nov. 16th at 2:00pm
(Additional performances to be added should these sell out. Please see festival website for updates - http://unitedsolo.org/us/2014-greeneyes-nov-16/)