Ravishing overdone pretentious fling
Rhapsodic ornery passionate flirtation
Relationship of paroxysm fascination
The Austin Writers Roulette convened to celebrate Valentine’s Day the best way they knew how–creatively unconventional! For a 3rd year in a row, Cindie’s donated two gift bags. One for the best female and male performers. Also, for the 3rd year in a row, La Rouge donated audience gifts, which decorated their seats, making everyone a Rouletter Valentine’s.In the spirit of “Romance and Other Patriarchal Fantasies,” Malvern Books created a theme-inspired display of related books.
The hostess did a bit of cleaning up before the show. The stage was set. The audience’s chairs were decorated with parting gifts. And there were three choices of cookies, including an irregularly phallic-shaped cookie! Actually, it was pretty harmless looking when flipped over on the elf side. Thom the World Poet gifted the show with the Valentine’s Day balloon and some flowers. After all the preliminary pomp and circumstance, the show began on time with one rouletter running in just as the group pictures were being taken.HOPE RUIZ delivered a powerful sermon about romance and the patriarchy. TERESA Y. ROBERSON reiterated what Hattie McDaniel, the first Black actress who won an Oscar for her role as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind, said, “I’d rather play a maid than to be one!”
Click on the link to watch the performances of Hope Ruiz and Teresa Y. Roberson:
BRIAN GROSZ detailed handling fake breasts during a chance encounter with an adult movie star. THOM THE WORLD POET started by asking the crowd if they wanted a box of emptiness or something that lasted forever like plastic flowers.
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During intermission, participants and the audience had an opportunity to peruse the Valentine’s Day collection of books.
The Open Mic
DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL STEPHANIE JOHNSON
Click on the link to watch the performances of Donna Dechen Birdwell and Stephanie Johnson:
HOPE RUIZ RAY BELLON DAVID LESTER YOUNG THOM THE WORLD POET
Click on the link to watch the performances of Brian Grosz, Hope Ruiz, Ray Bellon, David Lester Young, & Thom the World Poet:
HOPE RUIZ won best female performer and all four guys tied for first place and shared the prize.
Although we had a tired Cupid, everything still came up roses!