Dasha Kelly Hamilton describes herself as a “writer, performer, facilitator, mother, daughter, sister, builder, dreamer, phenomenon and change agent.” Therefore, it is no coincidence that she was named Wisconsin Poet Laureate and Milwaukee’s Artist of the Year in 2021.
In her show, Makin’ Cake, she slices into American history, exploring race, culture, and class in a refreshing and fun way. It is storytelling in layers and filled with aha-moments and poignant vignettes, digital media, and a supporting cast of two on-stage bakers. The show serves up an experience and a conversation about equity in America. Part history lesson, part social science revelation, Makin’ Cake is a short story about America’s sweet tooth and pathway to salvation and leaves room for dessert and dialogue with a cake reception immediately following the performance.
Makin’ Cake was initially commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and included Kelly Hamilton facilitating arts-based conversations on race and class throughout the community. She continues to develop Makin’ Cake and to pursue dialogues about human and social wellness.
“Brilliant and compelling storytelling of a very serious topic. WOW!”
– Patricia Carroll, University of Wisconsin Extension
Makin’ Cake is brilliantly performed! Dasha creatively uses layers of cake and the evolution of its ingredients to teach the history of race, class and inequity and how ‘isms’ got built into our culture. Remarkable!
– Karen Nelson, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Rogers Memorial Health
Times and dates for in-person performances are subject to change based on local and state health regulations.