Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies is every woman's story told with Monica Parker’s particular brand of irreverent humor. This award winning actress and writer muses on the reality that either five pounds too much or fifty brings on a full-menu of psychosis from an obsessive stalking of bakers, a committed avoidance of mirrors and a determination to drown out the judgment of all those skinny @% * gym rats which leads to the pendulum-swing of endless dieting, binging, purging and ultimately, gratitude. Parker’s observations about her very personal struggles will make you cringe, scream and laugh out loud. Her “one and a half woman” show makes its Kingston debut at the Octave Theatre for two nights only – Friday and Saturday, June 22nd and 23rd.
"By nature, I am an entertainer and storyteller. I thought it was time to take some of my stories out of the various living rooms I have shared them in and put them on the stage. I have talked about my family anecdotally for years. It was always cathartic and funny but when I moved back to Canadian years ago from sunny Los Angeles, I stopped talking and started writing," opined the author and actress on her show, Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies. She explained, "This story is about my long struggle with weight and about my dysfunctional family. I believe that’s the only kind of family there is. So for me it was a choice – go to therapy or write about it."
Jenny Hacker, Creative Head of Comedy at CBC- TV Arts and Entertainment said of her show, “You are so smart, funny, brave, and charming…you disarmed everyone. Honestly, the writing and the performance blew me away. Congratulations - you're an inspiration."
Monica’s story is universal in many ways as it focuses on her struggles with body image. Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies is about the 101 humiliations Parker has endured to finally understand that life is to be celebrated. It's funny, yet heartbreaking, and a love story. “We all get chipped and dented along the road of life but that’s what makes us interesting and laughter is the best way to deal with all of it. Most importantly, it’s a life affirmation that we are all good enough just as we are,” she declared.
Parker wryly stated, "I have always known I was destined for big things. I just kept hoping that it meant more than my dress size." Working in film and television in Los Angeles for more than twenty years with some of the greats - Sir Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gena Rowlands, John Cusack, Gordon Pinsent and George Clooney -- made it abundantly clear her dress size was one of the smallest of her big things. She returned home to Canada to breathe the fresh air, create series television and to celebrate life by touring her mostly true one and a half woman show - Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies. Show is full of adult humor and situations, thus it’s not meant for children.
Get a group of your girlfriends together for one raucous, lively and heart-felt night of live theatre with enough fodder to take the night into the wee hours of the morning.