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Talking While Female & Other Dangerous Acts

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Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Talking While Female & Other Dangerous Acts is a fresh collection of original short stories on themes of risk and resilience, written and performed by Latina womxn across the USA. Curated by Teatro Luna West: America's All Latinx and All Women of Color Theatre Ensemble, these stunning stories are combined with original music by Maria Chavez and poetry by Gabriela Ortega in order to fully transport the listener to each individual life and journey. 

Although rooted in the incredibly diverse spectrum that is the US Latina experience, this collection of stories is crafted for anyone who has ever felt invisible, powerless, or alone. This compilation provides a platform and much needed space for the many generations of women who have been tucked away into the corners of our history, erased, and ignored and shines a light on vibrant voices of today celebrating our power to heal, transform, and rise again. From interviewing public figures as problematic as Fidel Castro, to experiencing a leaky brain and the miraculous feats of modern medicine or losing a loved one to the brutalities of Alzheimer's, these storytellers share it all. Modeling vulnerability for the listener, we are given access to somber reflections on the current administration's impact on the marginalized - from those in violent cycles of poverty to those experiencing the gentrification crisis firsthand, to a passionate call to remember the children still in cages. This collection wouldn't be complete without vital stories of incredibly heartwarming coming-out experiences and journeys abroad that uplift us and remind us of our ability to overcome anything that comes our way. 

Original stories by: Liza Ann Acosta, Maria Alexandria Beech, Sarah Bogdanski, Gabriela Bonet, Franceli Chapman, Antonieta Carpio, Marissa Chibas, Gina Cornejo, Ginna Diaz, Mari DeOleo, Melissa DuPrey, Georgina Escobar, Cristina Frias, Virginia Grise, Christina Igaraividez, Isabel Jimenez, Maya Malan-Gonzalez, Alexandra Meda, Jasminne Mendez, Elisa Noemi, Elizabeth Nungaray, Karari Olvera, Jessica Perez, Lorna Silva, Gabriela Ortega. 

Created by Teatro Luna & Teatro Luna West - an ensemble creating original theatrical productions, digital media, and direct-action events toward a social justice purpose. 

Directed by Alexandra Meda 

Co-produced by Christina Igaraividez and Alexandra Meda 

Original music by Maria Chavez & Mark VanHare 

Sound design by Fan Zhang 

©2019 Audible (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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we need more stories like these

I listened to this audible original over a period of three weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed these unique stories coming from Latina womxn. They were at once new and familiar; although their experiences were unique to their social and geopolitical context, yet they have something of the universal with which all women can relate to.

The stories vary in their themes: resilience and healing, hope and resistance, violence against women, death, relationships between mothers and daughters, and the experience of living as a minority.

We need more stories like these from women of different backgrounds.

I especially enjoyed the production, which was accompanied by music. The women reading the stories made them come to life.

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  • Brenda
  • 14-08-19

Moving & Beautifully Executed

Short stories that are beautifully told, diverse, and interwoven by superb audio effects and subtle music. I enjoyed the length of each story which where perfect for walking my dog or being captivated during my commute.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 14-06-19

Well performed engaging stories

Many stories are performed by the respective author and, in keeping with the description, are all stories of resilience, survival, perseverance, and growth written by Latinx womxn. I personally connected to many of the themes and appreciate the breadth of stories and experiences shared.

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  • angie
  • 29-04-19

I needed this in my life

If you are a human being you need to listen to this. We need to realize that everyone is going through something and those stories need to be told, heard and felt. We have an opportunity to expand humanity for the good and this is where it starts.

A MUST FOR EVERYONE!

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  • Anousheh Ashouri
  • 25-04-19

Amazing stories!

Amazing stories by inspiring women. I strongly urge everyone to listen to these powerful stories. Anyone can relate to these stories.

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  • Karla Rangel-Rodriguez
  • 25-04-19

Stories that connect us

With themes of family, heartache, struggle, and strength, the stories in "Talking While Female" inspire, uplift, and connect. The stories are beautiful in their vulnerability and ability to make the listener feel both sorrow and hope simultaneously. In sharing their personal experiences, the storytellers have captured a larger, shared experience of this generation's Latina.

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  • MAYRA MARTINEZ
  • 20-09-19

Healing

Thank you for the courage to share your vulnerability, and helping others feel enough .

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  • 03-09-19

Beautiful

I’m so happy that I found a book that I could relate too. This book is very relaxing, heart warming and sexy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-19

I love the title

chapter 13 would have been better without the singing. I love musicals but she was too much

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 13-08-19

Great Compilation of Female Life Stories

Loved the variety of stories/topics shared by different woman overcoming difficult life situations! The poetry in between stories gave a lighthearted break to some of the more 'heavy' issues

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  • Yesenia Valdez
  • 21-08-19

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One moment I'm laughing, the next I'm crying in the shower. It was an emotional rollercoaster I didn't know I heeded.

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