I am beginning a video series called “5,000 Women Talking.” It will include videos of conversations between women performance artists. This is an excerpt of my character, Ruth, interviewing a one-woman performance artist named Cymande Lewis. In her new one-woman show, “My name is Sam Johnson, ” Cymande recounts how she survived being abused as a child. One of my goals is to be funny about some of the most challenging subjects so that we can begin a dialogue and shed some light on difficult topics. I am doing this here by having Ruth ask Cymande questions where the answers are both poignant and hysterical. Hope you enjoy it.