Erica Watson Exposes Stereotypes in Fat Bitch!, Feb. 11-25, in NYC

News   Erica Watson Exposes Stereotypes in Fat Bitch!, Feb. 11-25, in NYC Fat Bitch!, the new solo show written and performed by Erica Watson, makes its New York City premiere Feb. 11 following workshops in New York City and Chicago. It will play Thursdays through Feb. 25 at The Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street.
Erica Watson
Erica Watson

Billed as a "theatre/standup hybrid show," Fat Bitch! "is a funny, provocative glimpse at the American 'fat and sassy' black-woman stereotype." According to production notes, plus-sized performer Watson "explores society's obsession with weight, race and class and how black women's bodies have always been subjected to both admiration and ridicule."

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Drawing upon iconic images including "Mammy" and "Hottentot Venus," Watson illustrates how media images have impacted her self-esteem.

Born and raised in Chicago, Watson is an actor, stand-up comedian and a film and television director. Currently, she can be seen in the Oprah Winfrey/Lee Daniels film "Precious."

She has appeared on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and was a commentator and pundit for five BET specials including "Top 12 BET Award Show Moments," "Countdown to 2009: BET Year in Review," "The Evolution of Mary J. Blige" and "The Evolution of Jay-Z." Additionally, Watson is a recurring politics and pop culture panelist on the BETJ talk show "My Two Cents," director of the reality TV Series "My Model Looks Better Than Your Model" on the BETJ Network and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Fat Bitch! plays Thursdays at 7 PM. The Laurie Beechman Theater, located inside West Bank Café, is at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue. Tickets are $15, plus $15 food/drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 352-3101 or www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

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