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Directed by Rebecca Longworth. Starring Sapna Gandhi and Nena St. Louis. Written by Nena St. Louis with dramaturgy by Jump! Theatre Company's Springboard Project. Set design by Rebecca Longworth and Nena St. Louis. Backdrop by Rebecca Longworth & Truc Designs. Produced by Jump! Theatre Company at The Marsh. The rights to the play, DO YOU WANT TO BUY MY BRAIN, are the sole property of Jump! Theatre (Artistic Director, Roberta D'Alois), which published it in 2012. This video is the property of Sylvia Toy, a/k/a Nena St. Louis.

BRAIN originally was a short solo performance piece and was first performed in the Afro Solo festival: "… Nena St. Louis' piece, Do You Want to Buy My Brain? (directed by Kikelomo Adedeji), was a frequently hilarious, often touching portrait of a woman with a personality disorder, her psychiatrist, and her invasive "other" personality, called Susan. St. Louis negotiated this territory carefully and skillfully, and the segment in which she used a long wait for a New York City subway as a chance to relieve the screaming anxiety in her head was explosively funny. Not only did she make the character accessible, she also added a special sheen of don't-mess-with-me spirit that both dignified the woman's difficult life and revealed her humanity. It was a bravura performance, and one of the few I saw at this year's fest that did not rely on generic "black characters" such as preachers or narrow-minded church ladies. …" - Reviewed by Mari Coates in SF Weekly August 30, 1995.


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