Why Does the Onion Make us Cry? (The Dance Between Empaths and Narcissists)
Written, Directed and Created by: Jahidah Diaab
EDITED by: Lisa Schalk
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Written, Directed and Created by: Jahidah Diaab
EDITED by: Lisa Schalk
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BASIL’S BIO Member, Hedgepig Ensemble (Tempest & 12th & Midsummer, Propero, Orsino, Oberon; All's Well, King). Student of John Basil, American Globe Conservatory Theatre, where he became a company member; Don Pedro, Lord Capulet, Claudius, the Ghost, Iago. Highlight: Othello, Ron Canada, director. Contemporary: “Big Video Show”, dir. Emmy® winner Daresha Kyi; Hannaleh dir Yoav Gal; Best Actor Award, W. Village Musical Theater Fest., Angry Birds, dir Carl Kissin. Grateful to be referred by Goldie Patrick, who directed Basil in the Expand the Cannon Festival.
Joi A. Jackson is from New York, New York. Joi is an alumnus of The University of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre. Joi Jackson has trained with distinguished companies such as Dance Theater of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Her company experience includes Movement for the Urban Village, Young Jean Lee Theater Company, Ken Robertson's Workshop, Michael Thomas Motion Theatre Lab, Sekou McMiller's performance group as well as SKIN Dance Company. She has had the privilege of working as the iRep Director for Peridance Capezio Center, principal choreographer at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Creative Arts and Athletics, The Dalton School, Northern Westchester School of Dance, and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. Mrs. Jackson has recently debuted her choreography at the Brooklyn Nets Barclays center prior to the pandemic.
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In 2021, she completed the director's program at Yale University as well as became certified in Contemporary Drama at RADA in London in 2019.
Acting for the top venues including Grand Ole Opry, the Apollo Theatre, Caroline’s on Broadway, are all great accomplishments!
KUBBI, was just cast as Vee Talbot in Tennessee Williams' Play Orpheus Descending with a New Professional Theatre Company, Theatre on Main Street in Cornwall, NY. It opens Aug. 19 -28 2022. Kubbi is also directing "Just Before Sunrise" in the Emergence Festival at New Persepctives Theatre Aug 8-14, 2022 as well as directing "Why the does the Onion Make Us Cry, at the Producers Club Oct 2, 2022. In 2021, she completed the director's program at Yale University as well as became certified in Contemporary Drama at RADA in London in 2019. Kubbi directed the TADA's winter show Wide-awake Jake which opened to full houses in March 2022. Kubbi is the oldest of 5. She has a fraternal twin, identical twin brothers, and a younger brother. She started singing at the age of 5, where her mom formed a singing group with her and her siblings. They sang for local church programs, then later became one of the lead singers in her church choir. Kubbi’s mother who is a children’s author started grooming Kubbi for solo performances and volunteered her for many programs around NYC. Kubbi went on her first musical audition at the age of 8 for Carousel. She took gymnastics and ballet and started vocals lessons with the famed Opera singer Joyce Mathis at the age of 12. However, her acting career began at 15 with the Off-Broadway, New York’s Famed Children’s Theater Company TADA where she was a member for 3 years, her 1st television appearance was “Live with Bill Boggs” channel 5 NYC. At the age of 16, Kubbi won the Most Talented Teen in NYS in the MISST.E.E.N. Pageant, she was also the 2nd place winner at the Apollo Amateur Night. Her mom also signed her up to be a guest speaker at Riverside Church discussing the impact society has on teenage girls. Kubbi graduated High School with honors and was awarded a scholarship to Clark Atlanta University after a board member saw her perform for the Black College Luncheon at the World Trade Center. While attending the University she continued to perform in school functions, talent shows, pageants, and home-comings. After receiving her BA, she started free-lancing with several talent agencies in SC, TN, GA, IN, FL, and NYC. Booked her 1st print-ad and was the first African American Woman member of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s 1st Apprenticeship with the Shakespeare Tavern. Over the years Kubbi has performed in top venues while on tour with musical theater companies such as Sail Productions in NJ, the Academy Theater in Atlanta, and NY Artists Unlimited. She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, The Hippodrome, The Public Theatre (NYC), as well as Caroline’s On Broadway. In 2004, Kubbi moved back to NYC, booked her 1 st Union Film in 2006, and became a member of the Screen Actors Guild. (SAG-AFTRA) and continued pursuing her acting career. She joined AEA (Actors Equity) in 2009 and also became a member of the Negro Ensemble Theatre. Kubbi became an official print model after booking her 2nd print ad after one of her agents submitted her for a Fidelis ad. She was chosen without an audition. That Billboard ran for 3 years and appeared all over Upstate, NYC, and Long Island. Since then she has had three NYS-wide Billboards and one Philadelphia tourism billboard that showed in NY Penn Station and Philadelphia Airport in June 2016. Kubbi continued doing theatre and has performed in over 80 plays. Her career opened up and she has now done over 5 regional commercials, one of them won a best in show award for Colon Cancer Awareness by The Albany Ad Club for 2017 (Besty award) Best in Show. Kubbi had her directorial debut with the Children’s program at the Theatre for the New City in 2009. Then she was chosen as one of the directors for the Allstars Summer Youth Program She directed Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls” and August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” Kubbi has shared the stage with famous actors like Gregory Hines, Ricky Lake, Victoria Platt, Terrell Carter, Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary, Nana Mensah and Alysia Joy Powell
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WRITTEN BY JAHIDAH DIAAB
EDITED BY: LISA SCHALK
Why Does the Onion Make us Cry? Dr Ryan A clinical psychologist who not only specializes in NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) but is also an NPD survivor herself. She knows more about her new client Patrick than he knows about himself. Her goal is to use his sessions to expose, dissect and integrate his past, present and future. Patrick A well established, successful entrepreneur who has been given the ultimatum by his wife, Melinda, to seek counseling for his emotionally abusive behavior or face divorce. He submits only for the sake of his beloved son, Tyler. Patrick is up for the potential fight, in court and in therapy. Patrick shows Dr. Ryan the many layers of his ‘personality’ layers that are peeled away as secrets unfold within this narration. Why Does the Onion Make us Cry is an analysis of the effects of past trauma that have been disregarded, then displaced onto the ones we love. A performance and character driven piece that peels back the layers of one man. This story exposes and explores the emotional and social complications that has brought one man to the brink of losing his present family, and forces him to uncover secrets of his past family. Patrick sees his therapy as a means to an end in order to avoid a ‘messy’ divorce. As he uses his sessions to deflect and disassociate from his secret past, Dr. Ryan, who has personal experience with narcissistic abuser tendencies, guides him on a journey that brings him to an unwilling reflective state, highlighting familial parallels in his life. While paving the road to recovery for Patrick; she is faced with her own conscience, specifically regarding ethics and loyalty. As the plot unfolds, this dance of dialogue can feel like one is watching a fencing match, witnessing the strategic work between therapist and patient. As unfolding human complications are exposed, we are allowed to watch it through the lens of the abuser, victim, survivor and healer. Throughout this therapeutic process of evasion, deflection and denial, we watch as the mask begins to slip off both characters, leaving the viewer to ask themselves; will Patrick’s sessions with Dr. Ryan pave a road to recovery or retribution? And can there be empathy for one who feels no empathy?
A well established successful entrepreneur who has been given the ultimatum by his wife, Melinda, to seek counseling for his emotionally abusive behavior or face divorce. He submits only for his beloved son, Tyler. Patrick is up for the potential fight, in court and in therapy. Patrick shows Dr. Ryan the many layers of his personality 'layers' that are peeled away, as secrets unfold within this narration. Empaths and Narcissists
Empaths and Narcissists;
A clinical psychologist who not only specializes in NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) but is also an NPD survivor herself. She knows more about her new client Patrick than he knows about himself. Dr. Ryan's goal is to use his sessions to expose, dissect and integrate his past, present and future .
Empaths and Narcissists;
The Co-Dependent 'ghost' mother who played a huge role in Patrick's unresolved trauma. She is a ghost in Patrick's past that continues to play a role in his present day therapy sessions.
Melinda, the wife of Patrick - a successful career woman and mother of 4 year old Tyler -comes to the realization that for most of her marriage she has unknowingly been a victim of Narcissistic abuse. After researching her husband's abusive behaviors and personality traits online to gain insight she discovers that his traits have a name and a diagnosis. Recognizing the danger the issue presents to their marriage, she seeks therapy for herself and her Patrick. She is hopeful in wanting to not only save her marriage but her husband as well, with whom she empathises because she is somewhat aware of his childhood trauma. Defeated, devalued, and emotionally abandoned within her marriage, the character of Melinda becomes a window into the experience of what Narcissistic abuse looks and feels like. As she journals her way to understanding her husband's behavior and her own experience, she depends on Patrick's therapist , Dr. Ryan, to mend the broken bridge between them.
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