In her one-woman show, "Skin," Mary Easter encounters a series of life- size latex sculptures by Joseph G. Brown that become ghosts, alter egos, shelters, and prisons. Through dance, text, and a willingness to turn "nerve side to the audience," Easter explores her racial, cultural, and personal history as an African American woman who grew up in the segregated South. Her doppelgangers resemble flayed skin through which she explores the "tough old hide-nothing hides" of strong black women, sensuous surfaces, the vulnerability beneath them, transformations, and revelations. Few performers can bring together art and the life that feeds it with such compelling synergy.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 2 p.m. Starts: March 6. Continues through March 7, 2009