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One-woman show, 'Pomegranate Seed,' to play at CCU

March 24, 2004

National award-winning songwriter Cosy Sheridan will be performing her one-woman show, "The Pomegranate Seed" on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The show is free and open to the public.

"The Pomegranate Seed: An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth in Modern Culture" is a two-act narrative, complete with a musical score, chronicling one woman's journey into the symbolic underworld and her emergence as a more vibrant and empowered woman.

In framing one woman's life mythically as she moves beyond victimization into her own enlightenment, "The Pomegranate Seed" is a story of finding meaning in life's experiences. The first act weaves together humor and music in an exploration of messages from the media, from cultural icons and family. From Barbie dolls to fad diets, from Eve and her apple to the tragi-comedy of swimsuit shopping, Sheridan as Everywoman comes to grips with her body, her self-image and all that it implies, finding a way to joyfully inhabit her own body.

The second act parallels the Greek myth of Persephone, who was held captive in the underworld and forced to eat the food of the dead, the pomegranate seed. This modern Persephone, who falls in love with a biker named Hades, must learn how to turn the food of the dead into the seed of her own rebirth.

Sheridan's music has been heard from Carnegie Hall to the "Dr. Demento Show." She is the winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk songwriting award and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour award. The Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange praised Sheridan's songwriting as "some of the best in contemporary folk."

The Boston Globe described her as "a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer, with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast food, TV-happy and noisome culture." The Albuquerque Journal dubbed her "a Buddhist monk in a 12-step program trapped in the body of a singer-songwriter."

The performance is sponsored by the Office of Student Services. For more information call Teresa Burns at 349-2225.