Genevieve and Moni have grown up playing double-dutch together, chasing fireflies on grandma’s front porch, and sharing the pain of the hot comb. Worlds collide with age and the search for identity as they attempt to make sense of the world through the complicated relationship they have with their hair. Theirs is a story of love and envy, silence and joy. Follow these two cousins and the family of women who love them, as they come of age together in the South, a South, too small to contain their curiosities. Sassy, lyrical and nostalgic, I LOVE MY HAIR integrates interview text, poetry, original music, movement and video, to explore family, community, race, class, politics and identity.
I LOVE MY HAIR premiered in 2012 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC, receiving a 5-star review, the Independent Weekly wrote, “As we watched, Webb’s meticulously researched and remembered script gently and honestly traced along a series of carefully selected fault lines within African-American history and culture. At the same time, I Love My Hair lovingly embraced, validated and, ultimately, united in a new understanding of the life experiences of a community long divided. The scope of that achievement, and the art that ably undertakes it, richly deserves our highest praise.”
I LOVE MY HAIR was a 2010 National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation in partnership with Naropa University School of the Arts and NPN. I LOVE MY HAIR was also made possible by an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.