Meet the cast: Ralonda Simmons of 'How I Got Over'

Ralonda Simmons is shown at Off-Center’s season-opening launch party in September, where audiences got a first taste of “How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse” – five celebrated slam poets weaving an interconnected story about womanhood, self-discovery and adversity. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. Photo by Nicholas Renaud.

How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse

  • Hometown: Inland Empire, Calif. (presently living near Denver)
  • Fun fact about you: I’ve lived in four states; I’ve also studied abroad in Ghana while earning my bachelor’s degree.
  • A favorite quote:
    “I like to keep my cake and it eat it, too
    but I’m the one who baked it.
    So who the f— are you?”
    – Jenee Elise
  • Why is the voice of the female poet important in today’s society?
    The female voice, especially those who belong to women of color, is often marginalized. By using our voices, we can have a hand in breaking the things that have tried and failed to break us. By using our voices, we inspire other women to do the same. That’s why I do what I do.
  • How does it feel to perform your own writing in front of a live audience?
    Very nerve-wracking, but people who interact with us being in the audience goes a long way. Someone usually reacts verbally, which feeds my performance because of the commonality.
  • What do you hope audiences take away from How I Got Over … ? I want them to know that they have all they need to succeed and thrive is already in their possession and not to let anyone tell them differently.
  • Describe How I Got Over in two sentences: It is a labor of love that pulls from ancestral and present-day wisdom. It is a celebration of survival for those who’ve come before and those who will come after us
  • How would you encourage people to see this show? Come to this show, and get your spirit fed.
  • What was your favorite part of developing this show? I love how my words work with those of my castmates to weave a common human thread that can touch our audience. I love the idea of an audience member hearing our words and using them to find what gets them over and past their own pains. I love the idea that our words can heal.

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How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse: Ticket Information

  • Remaining performances: 8 p.m. Friday, March 25; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby.

Previous coverage of How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse
Suzi Q. Smith: Opening doors that had been slammed shut
Bianca Mikahn: ‘Enthralled with all the power that is woman’

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Meet Geoffrey Kent of As You Like It and All the Way
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Meet Victoria Mack of The Nest
Meet Andrew Pastides of Tribes
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