A One-Woman "Snapshot"
Written and performed by Carmen Mitzi Sinnott, Snapshot is the story of a girl who was searching for her father. Lead soul singer of the R&B group The Explosive Dynamiks, Carmen’s father, Lorenzo Batts Jr., was a 1966 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School and was drafted at 20 years old to serve in the Vietnam War. He returned to his hometown of Huntington with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that developed into schizophrenia, and in 1978, he left without a trace.
Fusing words, dance, music, and film this performance, based on a true story, chronicles the quest of a mixed-race daughter from Southern Appalachia who eventually finds her homeless veteran father suffering in Hawaii. Using photographs and film accompanied by a soundtrack of R&B tracks, Carmen Mitzi plays 15 characters throughout the show, giving insight into her emotional journey. Snapshot honors Lorenzo and other Vietnam Veterans who have been lost under the avalanche of history.
Snapshot has been performed on three continents and has been nominated for and won several awards, including a nomination for Best Actress in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Presented by All Here Together Productions and Marshall University’s Center for African American Students and Center for International Programs, Carmen Mitzi's performance will be held at the Joan C. Edwards Theater in Huntington on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 7 p.m. Admission is free to all.