Casey Navarro uses the she/her pronouns. She has very recently in her life become very into her body after moving to Los Angeles. She describes the first time telling herself, “You are beautiful,” as an adult woman. This is following a year-long pattern of applying layers of shapewear just to leave the house. Casey began performing as a young girl and was a class clown throughout her childhood and adolescence. In college she only got cast in the comedies so she leaned into it and eventually became a Second City Chicago performer. She has also been doing standup for 10 years and Casey talks about her approach to comedy and her process.
Casey details an experience she had in Chicago where a man broke into her home through a back window. Casey takes us through the break-in but also the response from the police and the ways in which the Chicago justice system was nearly impossible to navigate and completely unhelpful. Casey’s experience highlights the ways women’s lives are devalued through the criminal justice system. While she verbalizes that her story is not in any way as tragic as someone’s who did experience rape, Casey feels that she got a taste of the ways in which women’s stories of violence are silenced in our culture through various systems. Casey goes on to detail the ways in which this event affected her life and how her recovery was largely facilitated by artistic expression in the form of theater.
Casey continues to apply her play Lucky Liar Loser to festivals and theaters and is finding that many venues are not interested in telling this story.
Casey’s ONE COOL THING is a writer named Meridith Maran, a woman of the generation discussing the feminism of this time.
Jana’s ONE COOL THING is Native Women’s Wilderness on IG @NativeWomensWilderness.
Follow Casey on IG @caseysbits and follow her there to go see her perform in Los Angeles.
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