Friday, Jun 9, 2017
(Doors open at 9:00 PM)
Door Time:9:00 PM
Restrictions:$25 Menu Minimum
MILDRED SCRODUM – CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
Mildred came about due to the many diverse influences I experienced during my childhood. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, but in most ways I grew up like any other suburban kid in the fifties and sixties. The difference was where I spent my time away from home. My grandparents had a farm about an hour from Birmingham. It had a name, Cloverdale, and there was a wonderful lady who ran Cloverdale, my grandmother. We, her grandchildren, called her Mommie. She was one of the most giving, caring people I have ever known and to this day, I count my lucky stars for having had her in my life.
Cloverdale was 1,200 acres of cotton and cattle and fun.. We had our own gas pumps, we picked our own fresh vegetables, if I wanted an apple pie, I would go and pick the apples and Pearl would cook it for dinner and yes, I’ve seen my “Sweet Grandmother” ring a chicken’s neck. Needless to say, I spent every minute I could at Cloverdale. But all that fun came with a price. We had a lot of visits to do, we had a lot of church to attend, church revivals could last for weeks but seemed like months. Mildred is a combination of all of those ladies who were my Grandmother’s friends. All of the ladies we visited, the ladies of the church, and some of the ladies of the community who were looked down upon. My Grandmother always made a special effort to include the disenfranchised. Although most of these ladies were prim and proper and on the straight and narrow, I always suspected that underneath, there was a wild girl just waiting to make a move.
During Holidays at Cloverdale, my cousins would arrive from up north and we would all be together. There were only 3 TV Stations back then and my Grandparents reception was less than adequate. So we kids would retreat to the north bedroom and create a show to perform for the grownups. That is where Mildred came to life and to this day she has remained a part of my life. What would Mildred do? Is often the question. It has taken many years to bring Mildred to the stage. She tried selling Tupperware for a while, but that wasn’t really her thing. Finally, on October 18, 2013 Mildred came to life at The Duplex in New York City. She sold the show out. She’s not looking back, and she’s ready for the big stage. There’s a new girl in town, her name is Mildred Scrotum she is her own person, she has a story to tell and she is ready to tell it.