When I was growing up, everyone called me Dottie Jean though my given name was Dorothy Jean. I never thought of myself as Dorothy. As a result, when I was fourteen and applied for a part-time job and needed a social security card, I went to the Social Security Office, filled out the paperwork, and signed the card as Dottie Jean Kirk. No one there counseled me that perhaps I should use my legal, birth certificate name on a document that would follow me throughout life.

When I went to college, I began calling myself Dorothy and remained Dorothy until I applied for Medicare. Then I learned that to receive Medicare benefits, I would have to be Dottie Jean. How startled I was the first time the doctor’s nurse called out ‘Dottie Jean Kirk, the doctor will see you now.’

But perhaps that was a sign because when I retired, I began writing my stories of my growing up. In those stories, I’m always ‘Dottie Jean.’

I wanted to publish a book of stories like David Sedaris and Bailey White, two writers and storytellers I admired. Soon, though, I realized I wanted to perform my stories, not so much as individual stories, but as stories woven together by a common theme into a solo performance piece.

I created the show Hold Still! I Can’t See Myself  from several of those stories and performed it to a sold-out audience at The Altamont Theatre in Asheville, NC, on August 24, 2012 and later in Salisbury, NC, my hometown. I also performed it at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage, CA.

I performed my show, Shine, Baby, Shine at the Atlanta Fringe Festival, June 4 – 7th, 2015 and on July 9th, 2015, at The Altamont Theatre in Asheville.

I performed with Connie Regan-Blake on May 20, 2017 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center in our show Made From Scratch, Storytellers Dottie Jean Kirk and Connie Regan-Blake Serve Up Delicious Southern Tales.  Here’s a link.

I invite you to view my other performances by clicking on the Performance tab at the top of this page where you will find the YouTube links. You may also read a few of my stories by clicking the Stories tab.

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