by Beat Rice
d'bi starts off her performance in a style completely different and new from her previous pieces. She does not say a single word for several minutes, but performs her rituals as nanny. During the action she looks out and takes in every single person in the house, and truly acknowledges their presence. The time she takes to do this establishes the unique relationship between audience and performer, and in some ways, makes people feel uncomfortable-in a good way. She even acknowledges every latecomer who enters the theatre. With her script in hand, she begins to tell nanny's story about a woman who does not have biological children of her own, but has mothered and raised hundreds of people in her village. nanny is a wise soul who asks us huge challenging questions: What do you fight for? What do you fear? What is the purpose of your life? It's difficult questions like these that define humanity and that we must all deal with, no matter our difference in class, race, or culture.