Tracie Morris, 'The Mrs. Gets Her Ass Kicked'
Tracie Morris performs “The Mrs. Gets Her Ass Kicked” improvisationally at the Kelly Writers House. This was the final piece of a one-hour presentation on November 14, 2013, and for it Morris asked for requests. Several members of the audience requested “Africa(n),” a stuttering disjunctive riff on an Afro-Shakespearean sentence uttered by Geoffrey Holder, “It all started when we were brought here as slaves from Africa.” Another suggested “The Mrs. Gets Her Ass Kicked,” whereupon Morris chose that piece. Yet toward the end of “The Mrs.” she began to feel both the rhythmic and the historical relevance of “Africa(n),” whereupon its sounds begin to intrude upon the violent experience of the Mrs. For more about the event and for links to complete audio and video recordings, consult the Writers House web calendar entry.