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Free Desiree
West of Lenin
Seattle, WA
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Free Desiree
It's 1972! Bell bottoms rule, everyone's doing the Funky Chicken, and Soul Train comes on every Saturday morning. But two sisters growing up in a Seattle suburb are in crisis. Desiree, an outcast who is obsessed with words and definitions, has the shock of her life when a crisis at the high school makes her aware of her own struggles with self esteem and sends her on an all-out campaign to wake people up. Her professional cheerleader sister, Shauna, is sick and tired of not being famous. When Shauna gets the opportunity to travel to Hollywood for a screen test, she is certain that she's finally gotten her big break and is on her way to becoming a film goddess. But the way Shauna sees herself is very different from how Hollywood would portray her, setting up a battle of wills as to who and what gets to define her identity. Free Desiree is a multimedia, one-woman play written and performed by Amontaine Aurore and directed by Tikka Sears. It includes drama, comedy, dance, multiple characterizations and video. Video work by Amy Sedgwick and Marc Newman.

Free Desiree just returned from the New York Fringe Festival where it received rave reviews. Indie Theatre Now chose Free Desiree as one of "the most interesting, inventive and exciting new scripts" in the 2013 New York Fringe Festival.

Here's what other reviewers are saying about Amontaine Aurore and Free Desiree:

"It's such a treat to see African American women portrayed as funny, proud, and flawed, and reminds you just how rare that still is." Regina Robbins, Theater is Easy, New York

"Free Desiree is a wonderful trip into the mind  Aurore brilliantly captures these sharp sisters " Melanie N. Lee,

"Free Desiree is a disciplined, passionate and rollicking story by turns poignant and hilarious  not a single false note to the performance."  Norm Stamper, Orcas Island Sounder

"Aurore dances, pantomimes, sings and acts with passion and poignancy." Nancy Worssam, The Seattle Times

To learn more, contact Amontaine at, or visit



West of Lenin (View)
203 North 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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