My Calico Soul – Solofest 2018

The Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest Presents: “My Calico Soul”

Written and performed by Steve Brock

Steve Brock opens up his solo fest with a lovely song into a smooth segue, “We all have labels. I am singer/songwriter, actor, autistic and bisexual.”

He begins to speak about gender fluidity and educates the audience with his gentle voice and says “I can’t believe you’re paying me to overshare,” with perfect humorous timing.

He paints a portrait of his tormented childhood, acting out his own traumatic story of male rape. His performance of this terrible act lingers like important poetry.  According to Steve, male rape is significantly under-reported, more even than that of female rape. Each of his songs helps to move his story along, his original songs are delightful and apropos.  In a lovely touch, Mr. Brock takes you by the hand and tells you he’s a hugger, asking for a hug from the audience.

This show is riveting because of the level of detail and the nuanced, vivid images telling the story that no one knew of rape, his feelings and his survival, no doubt through his excellent music.

Let’s hope that we’re in for more of these brave stories of #METOO by men.

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.