“Art takes care of people but it doesn’t take care of people the way a mother does. Art also should have the permission to be bad for you. I think mothers should have that permission too, but it’s a different kind of bad for you.” —Sheila Heti
“A woman is not expected to go to Burning Man, have an affair with a married man, and leave her well-tended rose bushes for an inflatable mattress on the floor of a dingy apartment. But this is what Sandra Tsing Loh did.”
After reviewing her show ‘Madwoman in the Volvo’ for Theatrius, I interviewed playwright, performer, and NPR reporter Sandra Tsing Loh. In this live interview for KALX Berkeley 90.7FM, we talk divorce, wildness, and why it is that Berkeley audiences laugh the hardest.
“The Anti-Choicers denigrate and pity women who choose not to reproduce, including Norma and her decades-long partner Connie. Am I, in caring for Norma only when she shows her grief at losing her children, doing anything different?”
“Even the fabrics are intimate—we cannot hide from their materiality, their softness and texture, their positioning on the floor. This is so striking because although it seems very much alive, it also serves as a reminder of death, or our own mortality.”