Kimberly Rose is a storyteller, playwright, short story author, former journalist, screenwriter and actress. Three of her one-act plays and sketch comedies were performed in the Boston metro area during 2017 and 2018. She has done storytelling and story reading throughout New England and New York City. Kim has published short stories and creative nonfiction both online and off, locally and internationally for over 20 years. Publications include Yahoo!, The Miami Herald, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Wraparound South, and Medium (where she was in the top 10% of writers and readers in 2016). Her acclaimed short story, “Photo Finish” is included in the book The Moment (Harper Perennial) and was featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She has performed and participated in live storytelling events and readings throughout New England and New York City.
Her most recent work, BUTTER, is a sketch comedy that joyously celebrates eating – the messy, finger-licking-good enjoyment of baby back ribs; cheesy, crusty pizza, warm bread soaked with butter… In doing so, amid laughter and very physical comedy, BUTTER raises important questions about our relationships with food & eating in a society constantly judging how Instagram-able our bodies and plates are.
BUTTER was purposefully created, produced and cast by Kim to represent a wide variety of women of all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities, from Ivette the beautiful, curvy Cubana who is fiercely proud of her curves, to Sloane, the near-perfect Gwyneth-like yoga-Paleo FitMom with “abs made in the kitchen.”
During a moderated talkback, we discussed the play and the issues the play brings up around eating and food: fat shaming, body love, denying cravings, eating disorders and more. While the play was meant to be more experiential and emotional, for the talkback we encouraged a more intellectual discussion and exploration of food issues. Based on how many audience members had questions, participated, and contacted me after the talkback and since then, I’d say we have hit on a “hot” theme that we look forward to exploring in many different formats, including possibly at colleges and high schools. I would love to use the play as a medium for discussing the pressures kids of all genders via on social media around not being perfect, and not having a size zero body, or a perfect Instagrammable (fake) body or face. We could use a 10-minute version of the play or film, or just a video of the play beforehand with students participating in the play if they want to. The talkback could also be moderated by a psychologist, nutritionist, teacher or eating disorder specialist.