Mindy Dillard - How to Survive a Poison Apple
You can transform your poison into medicine. Singer-songwriter and eating
disorder survivor Mindy Dillard weaves an electric musical travelogue from her
experiences with anorexia and body dysmorphia. Inspired by Carl Jung and the
writings of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Dillard conjures layered soundscapes with
loops and samples, original songs and tender, funny, non-linear storytelling.
Dillard is a princess caught in a hall of mirrors perpetuated by the media and
society. Witness her navigation of the cultural expectations force-fed into every
woman and girl about body image, self-worth and finding a mate.
Portland, Oregon-based creative consultant Lisa Lepine calls Poison Apple a
"riveting and redeeming synthesis of music, message, story and heart" and
speaks of Mindy's performance as "left-of-center, asymmetrical amalgam of
story/songwriting, magical realism, performance art, neo-feminism and depth
psychology." LCSW Danette C. Haynes says "Dillard's work offers an opportunity
to reflect on our own relationship with our bodies."
Cynthia Winton-Henry, founder and director of Interplay in Oakland CA says
"I couldn't stop clapping. She shares clues about how she broke the spell of
her disorder enough to welcome a roomful of princess with zits, glasses, and
beautiful spirits, a room where being real is a female birthright. I want her
show to appear anywhere girls, women, mothers, dads, educators, clergy
and medical people sense that a monster lurks, a monster that only a true
princess can dispel."
Eric McEuen will provide back-up on ambient electric guitar. For dates and locations of other showings of "How to Survive a Poison Apple" (at the Vancouver B.C. Fringe, among others) or to book the show at your school, church, living room or community center, visit www.mindydillard.com
Part of the proceeds from this performance will benefit a local Santa Cruz
organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. Come join this journey
away from jealously, anger, perfection and emptiness to true Fullness.
"I couldn't stop clapping. Mindy's mega-talents as a singer-songwriter,
actress and storyteller lifted my heart. But, she didn't stop there. She brought
me eye to eye with the dark side of the princess fable and the poison apples
in the mind and culture that can result in an eating disorder. She shares clues
about how she broke the spell of her disorder enough to welcome a roomful of
princess with zits, glasses, and beautiful spirits, a room where being real is a
female birthright. I want her show to appear anywhere girls, women, mothers,
dads, educators, clergy and medical people sense that a monster lurks, a
monster that only a true princess can dispel."
- Cynthia Winton-Henry, Co-founder and Director of Interplay (Oakland, CA)
[A]"riveting and redeeming synthesis of music, message, story and heart"
- Lisa Lepine ProMotion Queen, creative consultant (Portland, OR)
"Once again -- you NEED to see this show. It is awesome! So beautiful to
see how Mindy has come into her Fullness!"
- Halelupe, Singer-Songwriter (Portland, OR)
"In her candid, entertaining and courageous play How To Survive a Poison Apple
Mindy Dillard offers us an opportunity to explore critical issues that girls and
women face--body image, acceptance, the search for love and the messages we
receive from society about what it means to be beautiful. Using humor, music,
compassion and honesty, Dillard offers us an opportunity to reflect on our own
relationship with our bodies. Dillard's work provides a heartfelt launching point for
a discussion about eating disorders, shining a light on the struggles that girls and
women face with these disorders.
- Danette C. Haynes, LCSW (Portland, OR)
"It can be so difficult for preteen and adolescent girls and their families, friends,
schools, and churches to begin the important conversations around issues of
eating disorders, body image, and cultural expectations. Mindy Dillard's funny,
painful, and insightful one woman musical, How to Survive a Poison Apple, is
a wonderful place to start. The show can be done in a church sanctuary, social
hall, classroom, or even in a backyard or living room: anywhere people are ready
to support each other in the journey of health for ourselves and our daughters." -
- Rev. Lizann Bassham (Sebastopol, CA)
"Theatrical and offbeat, Mindy Dillard rivets listeners with her left-of-center,
asymmetrical amalgam of story/songwriting, magical realism, performance art,
neo-feminism and depth psychology." - Lisa Lepine, Promotion Queen (Portland, OR)
SUITABLE FOR FAMILY AUDIENCES
(Psychologically intense themes, best suited for ages 10 and up)
The 418 Project (View)
418 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|