March 8, 2013
Before I Forget . . . A Workshop in Memoir Making (or, How to Tell a Story That Never Stays the Same)
Led by Sally-Jane Heit, with special guest Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez; Uel Wade on piano.
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7 p.m.

Playwright, actor, and singer Sally-Jane Heit shares excerpts from Before I Forget . . . A Memoir with Music and discusses how she came to create this masterful one-woman show. The highs and lows of Sally-Jane’s life provide new material for the shaping and reshaping of what will never be a finished piece. Out of the mouth of an old babe, this workshop invites you to listen, remember, share, and, of course, ask questions. Sally-Jane may not know the answers, but that has never stopped her from telling you what to do! With her infectious brand of humor, wit, and wisdom, she demonstrates how to tell your truth your way. As life goes on, so does the memoir.

Sally-Jane Heit grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where the attempt to rival attention among her seven siblings stirred her natural abilities as a performer—singing, dancing, and acting. Sally Jane trained at the High School of Performing Arts, Hunter College, and Yale Drama School. After raising three daughters in Washington, DC, she moved to New York and was cast in Michael Bennett’s Broadway musical Ballroom. Her impressive list of professional credits includes theater, television, and film. It was an inspired encounter with Lily Tomlin that ignited the passion that has evolved into her latest production, Before I Forget . . . A Musical

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, PhD, is associate professor of comparative literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she also teaches human rights, gender studies, and media studies. She blogs regularly on politics and environmental issues at Transition Times and is the founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She is the editor of the anthology Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004) and coeditor of African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). She is currently working on a memoir that fuses the personal and the political, with a focus on environmental justice.   University of Wisconsin Press: African Women Writing Resistance.