An older man dressed in black stands tall in the middle of a dimly lit stage in front of a simple wooden bench.
“I was born on a Friday, 3:20, the seventh day of February, in Longview, Texas, sleeping and snoring right behind the old jailhouse – Gregg County, Precinct No. 1, right next to the railroad tracks. Called my house a ‘shotgun house’ because you could stand in the front door and shoot straight through it with a shotgun and not hit a d**n thing.”
This is from a 1999 performance by Albert Race Sample at the University of Southern California. His performance captivated the audience; his stories, both funny and tragic, were part of a one-man show based on his 1984 memoir “Racehoss.”