written & performed by Patrice Gerideau
directed by Carol Cadby
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, can one still be beautiful when disease erases what society calls beautiful? In this authentic and transparent solo work, one woman recounts her real-life struggle with love, faith and acceptance. Thank You for Staring made its debut in Washington, DC at the Capital Fringe Festival 2013. The show went on to travel to Atlanta, New York City, and Scotland.
“Under the direction of Carol Cadby, Gerideau gives an authentic, transparent account of her real-life struggles with beauty, love, faith and acceptance as she takes viewers on a journey of her experience of living with vitiligo.”
—VERONIQUE MACRAE, DC Metro Theater Arts
“Gerideau delivers a powerhouse performance. She is not simply recounting her experience, she is reliving it. The end of the show is hardly the end of her journey, but she does seem a lot closer to answering her questions.”
–CHRISTIAN BARCLAY, DC Theatre Scene
Patrice Gerideau has vitiligo, a skin disorder which she once feared would take her African-American identity, as well as her pigment. This candid piece of solo theatre lays bare not only Gerideau’s struggles with her condition, but also puts a stark spotlight on how all of us judge at skin level.
—LAURA GAVIN, ThreeWeeks