I performed my norm violation on the CTA Orange Line Train around 3:30pm as I was on my way to an audition. I was on the train for about 20 minutes and during that time I began to speak into my hand as though it was a telephone. I very clearly held my hand outstretched so as to let the “audience” know that I was indeed talking to myself and not into a telephone. I held 2 conversations with myself; the first conversation was with my brother about his day at school, and the second, which interrupted the first and I had to click over to, was with my friend. I spoke in Spanish with my brother and in English with my friend.
The “audience” was quite diverse. I knew from riding this particular train for so many years that the riders were usually people of color; African-American, Asian, or Hispanic. I wanted to make my performance as believable as possible. Unfortunately, I don’t speak any Mandarin, but I do speak English and Spanish, so I took advantage of it to catch the attention of more riders. The audience was comprised mostly of high school students going home from Curie Metro High School, as well as a few other area high schools. There were also people coming from or going to work, running errands, or going to other appointments and such.
The initial reaction I got from the audience was one of shock. Most people tried to figure out what I was doing, and I saw a few people looking at me closely for the phone or earpiece I was talking into. Many of the students talk about me. They laughed or made fun of me under their... [continues]
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