By: Libby Juliá-Vázquez
Forget the crap you see in Cosmo with its glossy pictures and advice about how to keep your man satisfied! We need real talk, and actor/ playwright/ comedian/ dancer/ musician/ activist, Melissa DuPrey brings it to us like she’s one of our Girls and we’re dishing secrets at a slumber party, in her one-woman show, SEXomedy.
I first caught a glimpse (about 10 minutes) of SEXomedy during a fundraiser I attended a few months back. The host presented Melissa and I thought, wait, I know that name. She got on stage and I immediately felt her energy. As she began to talk about the trials and tribulations of body hair and shaving, my friend turned to me and said, “She’s funny” and I nodded.
Then, there it was, the moment it went from humorous to raw, real and hilarious. She was not only talking about shaving ‘there’ but she was mimicking the motions we all knew we’d made a million times. My friend and I had the same reaction: our eyes opened wide, our hands over our mouths as we gasped, and then we looked at each other and burst into laughter as we pointed at Melissa as if saying, “That’s right, Girl! TELL IT!”
It was then I remembered how I knew Melissa’s name and knew that I had to get in touch with this Humboldt Park daughter and figure out how to promote her and her work. AND more importantly, I had to see the full show!
To read the full article and view a video clip of Melissa’s show, visit the Moments in My Head website.
Libby Juliá-Vázquez is founder of the upcoming online destination for progressive Latinas, “More than Latina.” She is a communications professional specializing in writing, editing, and social media, as well as web content creation and strategy. Blending her online magazine and communications experience with 10+ years in higher education, she is the curriculum developer for, and facilitating of workshops in writing, blogging, and social media branding. A passionate community activist, she serves as Volunteer Leader with Chicago Cares, advocates for her Humboldt Park, Chicago community through the sharing of positive stories, and has also served as a mentor, tutor, and trainer with programs such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Boys & Girls Club