After popular demand, Destyne Miller’s Worn Out Soles will return this weekend only, May 7th and 8th at Frenetic Theatre! The cast may be a little different than the debut performance, but the message resonates just as strongly: we are all human, dealing with so much in so many ways, dealing with issues and circumstances that may not be as different from one’s fellow man as assumed…
Just as below, Miller will collect your “worn out soles” for donation at the conclusion of this encore performance.
To purchase tickets to the encore performance of Worn Out Soles, click here – one weekend only!
Here’s a preview of what to expect this weekend- scenes from the emotional September premiere below
Check out the original interview held with Playwright and Director Destyne Miller September 2015!
“Worn Out Soles is a stage play to challenge misconceptions while forcing the audience to take a walk in the shoes of the people we judge most. This play tackles the ugly side of human interaction: the way we judge those that are different from us and less fortunate than we may be.”
Presented by Destyne Fulfilled Productions, the brainchild of teacher and creative Destyne Miller, Worn Out Soles is a series of thought-provoking monologues of numerous “souls” all searching and wanting something greater than what they have, where they are in life, what’s expected of them and beyond. These souls open the show noticeably exhausted, dragging the soles of their feet, metaphorically anguished by their respective trials and tribulations. Get the pun? In all seriousness, Worn Out Soles is more than a play on words; Miller has tackled the all too real situations of homelessness, single parenthood, abuse, neglect, bullying and more these forsaken souls have lived, bound to provoke discomfort and inspire relatable attachments and interactions from the audience.
During the production of Worn Out Soles, Miller is asking audiences to donate old shoes; after the run of the show, they will be distributed to local Houston shelters.
I’m lucky enough to be part of this multitalented cast working to bring to life Miller’s vision. I was able to pick her brain and gain some producer insight on key elements surrounding her work.
Danielle: Worn Out Soles is a series of monologues– do you have a favorite monologue and/or do you have a favorite memory connected to writing any particular monologue?
Miller: “Oh Gosh, this is such a difficult question. I love all of the monologues for different reasons, but if I had to choose a favorite I would have to go with Robert. The play is trying to get people to change and be better people, and I think Robert is the epitome of that. He is unapologetically honest and crass and sarcastic and smart; He is so many things, but most of all he represents the hope. As for my favorite memory while writing, I think it’s just the fact that I wrote so many of them through tear-filled eyes. These characters stories flowed so easily onto the paper that it was just like me sitting and listening to them. I even laughed at some of them. That’s the best part of writing – being able to be a spectator to your own words.”
Danielle: There’s an obvious use of *Viewpoints used throughout Worn Out Soles and well as dancers involved. What was your motivation in incorporating these movements?
Miller: When I did Viewpoints in grad school, I was so connected to it. Getting lost in the movement of my own body was freeing. I love things like that. You know, things that are freeing. It’s not heavy-handed directing. I’m not telling you how to feel or what to do. But the actor is allowed to get inside their own heads and bodies and connect with these characters in a way that I could never do for them. It’s also the reason why I like dance and why it is now a part of the show. I’m of opinion that when one sits down for a show of mine, they should get more than just acting; they should get an experience. All of the show that I have written showcase more than one type of performance art. Maybe that’s where my teacher side comes in: I want to give numerous avenues for the point to get across.
*Viewpoints are an acting technique created by Mary Overlie and made famous by Ann Bogart and the Siti Company New York based on six principles including kinesthetic response, shape, tempo, architecture, topography, repetition and gestures to develop characters to react and move honestly in the world they’ve created.
Danielle: The cliché – What would you like the audience to take away from Worn Out Soles as a whole?
Miller: When the audience leaves I want them to feel the need to take the challenge to change, to care. Maybe Worn Out Soles will start a conversation of change. Maybe someone will now care about the homeless or encourage the absent father. Maybe someone will house the homeless teen or save the souls with suicidal thoughts. So, yes, I want them to take the challenge.
Worn Out Soles plays this weekend.
Saturday , May 7th and Sunday, May 8th at 8:00pm
For tickets to Worn Out Soles click here.
There will be only 50 Early Bird tickets (25 per night) available for $15.00 for Friday and Saturday’s performances. Once Early Bird tickets run out, General Admission tickets will be available for $20; Tickets will be sold at the door for $20.
Sunday’s show is a special viewing: this show will be photographed, recorded and put on DVD. There will be a Q & A with the actors and director after the show that will appear in the special features section of the DVD. There will be 25 Early Bird tickets available for $20. Once Early Bird tickets run out, General Admission tickets will be available for $25. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.
5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011
WARNING: This production contains trigger subject matters of rape and abuse.