Stepping On a Few Toes
12 characters. 1 message. her story.
written & performed by Jaz Robbins
directed by Jaimyon Parker
Nominated BEST ONE-PERSON SHOW
by the National NAACP Theatre Awards
Dr. Jaz shares that though writing may have saved her, it was the art of performance that provided her the space to express. She has been dancing since she could walk, and later turned to acting as an additional form of expression and storytelling.
Dr. Jaz ultimately birthed "Stepping On a Few Toes," an autobiographical one-person show that she wrote and produced for the stage. It is an honest story of survival that follows the journey of a young child desperately searching for love and acceptance. This journey leads her to many dead ends forcing her to constantly retrace her steps and in many cases begin at square one all over again. Treading with much frustration and hopelessness, she somehow manages to cut a clear path. She finds delivery from the rainy days to which she’d grown accustomed, and her new path leads her to the warmth and sunshine she’d always longed for. During the show Dr. Jaz shares with us her struggles on the often rocky road to self-acceptance as she finally learns the real meaning of loving herself for herself. For many, the show has opened a door for families to begin discussing mental health in an authentic way.
The story follows Dr. Jaz from grade school through college revealing some of my most life-changing events that occurred during those years. "Stepping On a Few Toes" takes a deep look into a single family unit in hopes of uncovering answers to some long unanswered questions. The show brings to light many issues typically swept under the carpet in an effort to foster open dialogue and communication as a starting point to bringing families closer and eliminating future hurt.
Children of all ages must feel as though they can speak to their parents about anything, and parents must make themselves available for even the most difficult conversations. If you have ever suffered from any form of abuse, and didn’t know how to pick up the pieces, "Stepping On a Few Toes" will show you how one young girl fought long and hard to complete her puzzle.