The Pocketbook Diaries is based on a poem written by my collaborator, Eugene “the Composer” Brown. Over the years of Eugene presenting this satirical piece, I suggested, why not create a series of skits/proofs based on his poem. This project begin in 2017, had its first reading last November and was well received. A very. visual and whimsical piece that represents the attachment and survival of the average handbag thru various situations.
This is a presented as a double feature with Pink Lemonade. Buy one ticket and see both shows!
Appropriate for ages 7+
This show is presented as part of Circus Campus Presents. Circus Campus, established in 2017, fosters a tight-knit community of teachers, students, performers, and creators. Its inaugural Philadelphia Fringe Festival hub showcases the skills and variety of these incredible people. Visit their beautifully restored church facility in leafy-green West Mt. Airy, directly adjacent to Upsal Station. Learn more at circuscampusphiladelphia.com/presents/.
Some audience participation, lots of laughter.
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event, and masks must be worn for the duration of the performance. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Both digital and physical proof of vaccination are accepted. Please plan accordingly.
About the Artist
Karen “Magic Fingaz” Smith, Brooklyn Native, Philly Resident, is a Professional Percussionist, Playwright, Poet, Teaching Artist, Curator & now Pie-Maker! Karen is a recipient for several grants and has facilitated workshops around the Tri-State area and beyond with the focus being: finding the rhythms within & sharing that discovery with the drum. Ms. Smith is the Artistic Director, Founding Member & Lead Percussionist of Weez the Peeples and Sistahs Laying Down Collectives. She has lended her artistry to many people such as: Sister Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker, TC Carson, Debbie Allen, Steadman Graham, Toshi Reagan and Founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Bernice Johnson Reagon to name a few. Karen has released her first CD project in 2020 entitled, “Spiritual Atmosferic Cleansing” that can be found on all the digital music distribution sites and the second CD will be released this Spring entitled, “Spiritual Hush“. 2022 will release “Awoke the Musical ” , a look at mass incarceration and how there’s a pipeline between the public school system and the prison system. “Possible is Possible ” is her daily mantra. karensmithdrums.wixsite.com/karensmithdrums Facebook Karen Smith Instagram @karensmithdrums
Eugene was born in the impoverished city of Camden NJ. His first job was at the young age of 10 as a paperboy. He began fighting and proving his worth from childhood till today. He had to overcome many external obstacles and graduated with honors from Camden High School in 1972. Entering college was rough not knowing anyone, he became a lone wolf. During this time he was a Junior Biologist and became the first in his family to earn a college degree graduating in 1977 with a BA in Biology & a minor in English. After college he took on many different careers: starting as a banker then driver-sales and finally at the Red Cross. Eugene is a survivor who acquired the talent for writing poetry and prose after recovering