What is the story?
Early attempts at writing on napkins while acting ( waiting tables), accumulated into stories, without a plot. The first ones came in a poetic style that reflected Oklahoma churches and hymns, the voices of raucous uncles and quiet aunts, and the inner life of a girl and her sexuality. Reading history brought some shocks for a quiet white girl in a peaceful small town. Reading brought the sounds of cheering and wailing from an American state packed with conflict and repressed energy, from the numbers of native tribes forced to go there, from blacks finding refuge only to be betrayed at statehood by a new Jim Crow, to cattlemen, oilmen, southerners and abolitionists fighting for a place. The sounds of voices were always stronger than story. She is always trying to figure out, "What is the story?"
Marlea, then known as Linda, climbing the wall of the
Manning Street Theater/Philadelphia Actors Theater.
The actors, mostly guys, and she roamed the Philly streets
talking philosophy and politics and sex and art.
And theater, of course. She loved that time in her life.
Too passive and looking the wrong direction?
One story, Belief, was published in Women's Studies, Claremont College, but as non-fiction with brackets around my ellipses...that editor's mistake set me back awhile too. I am easily discouraged.
Lone Wolf Rhapsody began as a study of two choirs, one of uncles, and the other of aunts; family conflicts, a girl's identity and five brothers struggling with the issue of integration of schools. It grew into a play with music that was seen at LATC and won an LA Weekly award for Best Music Written for a Play by Marlea Evans (aka Linda Baker Evans) and her composer/arranger John Ballinger.
The Dilemma of Dr. D. is based on Dr. Angie Debo, historian, whose book detailing the brazen theft of Indian land in Oklahoma was refused publication in her own home state.
Seventy is the New Sixty Nine
A memoir about living into your seventh decade, when taking 20 years off of your age doesn't work anymore, when really, you don't look a day over 69. Embracing age, madness and misanthropy. Click below to read six memoir selections.