In just about an hour, Aimee K. Bryant physically, emotionally, and vocally inhabits a wide range of characters who make up the universe of the bull-jean stories, which Wikipedia describes thusly: "the bull-jean stories give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s through the 1940s, the bull-jean stories uses traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean." Aimee is bull-jean herself, the women she loved (and mostly lost), friends, neighbors, and family. She's completely convincing as all of these very different characters, funny and natural, heart-breaking and real. Rather than a factual life story, we get a clear impression of who bull-jean is - a woman who loves fiercely and whole-heartedly, even if she isn't always rewarded for it.
|Aimee K. Bryant (photo by Bruce Silcox)|
the bull-jean stories is a beautifully lyrical look at love and resilience through the lens of a Southern Black lesbian woman in the early 20th century, with an impressive performance by #TCTheater favorite Aimee K. Bryant. See it a Pillsbury House Theatre in South Minneapolis through February 5.