This One Women show by Deja Fields, explores the intersectionalities and complexities black women today have within society. Through the lens of a Comedic Black Doll, “Dolly,” takes you on a wild ride as the leader of the Black Dolls of America and wrestles with the ever changing rules of the toy industry. Dolly highlights a “type” of black women the world perceives one to be, based on her hairstyles and body types, and brings each personification to life. The history, distinct looks and hairstyles create a true narrative that is imaginatively recounted. Dolly’s larger than life personality wraps the audience into her doll house, as they get a genuine peek inside the mind of a black woman.
The story of Dolly came out of being trapped in Deja’s own personal dollhouse, her home during Covid 2020. The things she saw as she watched the world pass by and simply forget about her, is the story of Dolly, and having the opportunity to share her world for the very first time at the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center is a dream come true.