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Rik Deskin
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Attended Cornish College of the Arts
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Please help us pay actors to rehearse a World Premiere play!
We have cast Fangs, and we want to raise enough funds to pay each of the actors for rehearsals.
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11 Hours to go and 35% funded. Please help if you can. Any amount will help!
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Please help support Beka in this worthy cause. She workshopped this at Eclectic Theater earlier this year. :)
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This really is awesome! I love the music!
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Stockholm Syndrome: Getting to know Beka Barry
By Danielle K.L. Gregoire on February 18, 2014

Beka Barry

Beka Barry is a powerful woman. A woman who can command attention, even at her goofiest. I had a chance to sit down with her and talk about her up-coming one woman show: Stockholm Syndrome which will be opening Thursday, February 20th at Eclectic Theater. $20 General Admission. $15 TPS. $12 Military/Veteran/Union. $10 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.

I picked her up in front of Dick’s Drive Inn in Wallingford. Her pink knit cap, pink jacket and pink shoes standing out in the grey, rainy drizzle of the day. She hopped in my car and immediately began giving me directions to a place she’d never given directions to before. I did nothing but laugh the whole way there. Beka Barry is a natural comedian. She had the hostess at the restaurant laughing in the first thirty seconds of our arrival, it was the same with our server, and it was difficult to stop laughing long enough to start the interview.

We talked for three hours, and I was absolutely taken in the whole time. Beka is doing comedy about a topic that most people won’t touch. In Stockholm Syndrome is examining a part of society that is whispered about if people talk about it at all. Child prostitution. Even as we talk about it, I look around to see if the other patrons of the restaurant are paying attention. It is a horrifying thought. Beka began giving me the statistics about child prostitution in America and I was cringing outwardly. I have two children and don’t ever want to imagine the sorts of things that Beka was talking about happening to them. Those things, they happened to Beka. She didn't elaborate much on her early life but I could see a darkness move into her eyes as she talked about her childhood. Still she managed to lighten the mood every time our server came back to see how we were faring. Beka’s power is that she was able to turn all of this into comedy, and now with her show she is doing something she always wanted to do; shine a light on this part of society that we push down and ignore because we are afraid to acknowledge that it is happening. I can understand why. Listening to her talk about it made me feel powerless. Then she explained what she wanted to do with her show, and I knew that Beka was going to make a difference where other people couldn't.

Beka is a mother. On her website she is described as the “Dirtiest Mom in America.” Beka talks about sex with the ease of someone who knows the topic intimately. Beka was a child prostitute. She described being a very young woman and having to work in the sex industry. The most striking moment for me was when she talked about how eventually it got to the point where she didn't want to do it anymore. She would be getting ready to work, and fifteen minutes before she had to go out she would start having panic attacks. She would call in sick. The day that she confronted her boss with the fact that she couldn't work that way anymore was the day she had to confess that when she was working with a client she often just wanted to “bite down on his dick. Bite it off.” She eventually moved her way up the ranks. She fell in love. She moved to Seattle. She had a baby. She was still working in the industry the whole time. She started her comedy career while stripping. Beka described being one of the only girls who could make the intense and serious drug dealers crack a smile. Eventually one of them, a particularly serious man, would just hire her to sit at the table and make him laugh. That is when she realized she had a gift. At the age of 23 she was “recovered”, an agent gave her the option of going to jail or using the information she had to move onto a new life.

Her new life began without the father of her child, because she had let the law deal with him. Beka would bring her baby, then under a year old, on stand up comedy road gigs. She was committed to becoming a comedian. Listening to her talk about the importance of humor and telling her story via comedy was inspiring. More than that, her achieving her dream to produce a one woman show where she could finally do more than make people laugh at the horrors she had to endure, but also tell her story in a more serious fashion was a game changer for me. Seattle is full of people who overcome their pasts to go on and share their stories with us. We are lucky to have Beka, and all of these incredible creative people letting us in. Stockholm Syndrome is the way Beka Barry is choosing to tell us her story. A three act play which begins with a stand up set, then moves into the story about her recovery from child prostitution, and the third act is the exact same stand up act she began with, but this time the difference is that the audience is privy to the truths that informed her comedy. Beka has been doing stand up for fifteen years of her adult life, and she understands the importance of humor, likely more than most of us, and its ability to help us heal, but also to tell us the stories that need to be told. I left that interview knowing I had to see her show, and still laughing somehow, despite knowing there are so many reasons to cry.
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    Acting, 1997 - 2001
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