What people are saying!
"...Your positivity has inspired me to attempt telling my story for the first time in years. Many times I have hidden my biggest hurts or glossed over them I thank you for your strength and love you are sharing with the people lucky enough to see your show and hear your story and messages of positivity and healing. I’m truly thankful to have had the opportunity to meet you and look forward to seeing you again."
"It’s Me I’m Running From is the artistic expression that results from working through and healing issues many would avoid and most would certainly not share. Alice Ayers has created through vignettes of her own personal life experiences, a universal canvas through which we can see our own. The presentation is unique in that difficult, painful situations are made known while you are held, throughout, in hands that know the fruit of forgiveness and healing."
Susan Strauss, L.C.S.W.
"Alice Aida Ayers is earth and dynamite! We were taken on a journey through time and healing through her one women performance, It's me I'm Running From. It was thought provoking yet full of humor and raw emotion. Truly a healing balm for those who need it and all who experience the works of Visual and Performing Artist, Educator, and Griot, Alice Adia Ayers! "
~ C.Kazi (Iya)
DJ & Co-Host of Jadestone Vintage Soul
“…You have changed many lives already so much! What a wonderful play! It had everything to make a manifesting difference in everyone that hears it! You have paid it forward in full! I am sooo inspired and healed by your freedom and honestly!” Aubrey Buchanan
"If you work with people in recovery or re-entry programs, book a private viewing of Alice Aida Ayers one-woman show: It's Me I'm Running From. She'll be in Sacramento this September! Alice, or Bi Aida, as I like to call her, was the woman who guided me through hosting my first health fair in Zanzibar several years ago. She's an emblem of sacrifice and gave many of her years to building a thriving institution called Creative Solutions in a quiet village off the western coast of the island. There's a raw and bold story behind her greatness and giving nature that's told in this play, and perhaps just a glimpse into the creativity that is Alice. Take a look at her website and don't miss this! Sending lots of love and warm wishes, Bi Aida!"
Sanah Ladhani , MD
"On a simple stage, with changes of clothes hanging on a wall, Alice Aida Ayers transforms from a kid in her backyard to a rebelling teen, to an enlisted woman hustling in a Mississippi pool hall. She is better than a stand up comic, singing and dancing as she winds her way out of jail and into motherhood, art classes and Zanzibar.
In the audience we were giggling, gasping, cheering, and hoping her stories will never end. Alice has learned deeply as she has looked back at her life. So do we. We leave wiser, refreshed by her honesty, astounded at her spirit—and ready to look for our own stories."
Retired, Director of Education
Historic Arkansas Museum
"This show is an emotional rollercoaster but just like an actual rollercoaster you are so glad you had the experience when it is over. I had to go twice because it was such a thrill!"
"It turns out that Alice Ayers is not only a fantastic artist via canvas but an accomplished stage actress as well. Her performance takes you from tears to roaring laughter within minutes. This show rivals ones I have seen on Broadway!"
Carolyn Talley Harshaw
How did you choose which stories to tell?
I think first I had to determine if I was strong enough to talk about them in public. After that I simply narrowed it down to the most interesting, funniest, harrowing pieces. I wanted to make sure that I chose a variety or was able to pull out the lesson or humor in the piece. I took artistic liberty, for example in some casesI covered several years, so it flowed but didn’t necessarily happen in that order.
Are these the stories that affected your life most?
Some of them are. Some of them literally changed the course of my life. Others that I included, I felt that people suffering under similar circumstances could gain something by hearing about how I recovered and moved forward. I think I chose the stories with a strong moral dilemma. When faced with decision making that will affect others, we sometimes tend to sacrifice ourselves. I wanted to show that it is necessary that each person take responsibility for her/his own life.
Based on eight stories from my life, I explore circumstances and lessons that shaped my life.
If you can dream it, see yourself in it, and feel it with all your heart, it will come to fruition.