Melissa Levine is one of the most talented people I know. We went to high school together, and in the past few years I have rediscovered her via email. If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, you really should check out her one-woman show, “Dance like Me“. She is hysterical!
Dance Like Me is a one-woman show about a 14-year-old girl caught in the crossfire between her Jewish mother, her Argentine dance teacher, and a rebellious high school boy she can’t help but adore. It’s 1986, and Melissa Levine is 14. She dreams of pursuing her passion for dance, but a few things stand in her way. Her body, for one. Why won’t it cooperate with conventional notions of beauty? Her mother, for another. Why must she meddle in every aspect of her daughter’s life? And then there’s David, a reckless high school boy who attracts Melissa toward a risky life of fast cars, parties, drugs, and sex. What does he want—and why doesn’t he want it from Melissa? Join Melissa as she returns to the brutal landscape of junior high school to explore where it all went wrong—and to recover the joy she lost there. Here’s more info:
DATE: July 26, 2006
TIME: 8:00 P.M.
PLACE: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco (between 21st and 22nd)
TICKETS: $8 – $12 sliding scale, available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5469
Melissa Levine is a freelance writer and editor living in Berkeley. Currently, she writes film reviews for Village Voice Media, a national newspaper chain whose papers include The Village Voice, LA Weekly, SF Weekly and The East Bay Express. Her work has appeared in Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Bitch magazine, and she has won numerous awards, including First Place for Arts Feature from the National Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Melissa is a graduate of Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her MFA in Creative Writing.