Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree hosts a workshop and performance by Providence-based spoken word artist Christopher Johnson. He’ll guide and teach folks how to create and perform spoken word pieces for the day-long workshop, then perform his own piece, “Invoice for Emotional Labor,” at 7 pm Saturday evening, Mar. 28 at Listening Tree.
“Invoice for Emotional Labor” is planned to be a multi discipline solo performance answering the asked and not so obvious unasked questions about race and racism from the perspective of poet and 2018 McColl Johnson finalist and RISCA Playwright fellow Christopher Johnson. The lexicon of race in matters of social justice has been rapidly evolving over the last 3-5 years, the responsibility of explaining phenomena like micro aggression, black face, and what is considered racist, has fallen upon the shoulders of people of color. Being a person of color answering these questions while dealing with racism in daily life is draining and repeatedly opening or enlarging psychological wounds. The process of caring for those wounds while continuing to explain, clarify and teach about one’s existence is emotional labor.
In the workshop, Christopher will reveal his creation process and guide participants in the development of their own piece and performance.
Workshop & performance will be at the main house @ Listening Tree, 87 Reservoir Rd., Chepachet, RI 02814, Saturday, Mar. 28. Workshop is 10 am – 6 pm & performance at 7 pm.