MORPHOLOGIES: Queer Performance Festival will present performance and collaborative arts that expose, highlight and expand the spectrum of queer expression and culture, and the transformative social impact it has on the world. MORPHOLOGIES promotes the lives, politics, and experiences of the queer community, both locally and nationally.
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The performance schedule is as follows:
Becoming A Man in 127 EASY Steps
created/performed by Scott Turner Schofield
Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 at 7:30pm at The Ritz Theater
Opening night reception on November 9 following the performance.
ASL-Interpreted on November 10, with post-show discussion.
Irreverent and dynamic, graceful and playful, Becoming A Man In 127 EASY Steps engages the deep questions and the locker room jokes about what it means to “become” a man. Moving beyond the transgender narrative that focuses on the experience of transition, Alaskan trans* artist Scott Turner Schofields’ stories explore the drama and hilarity of living a new life in the “opposite” gender. “I changed my sex. Now what?” Schofield dances, climbs, hides, and seeks in a delicate choreography of brute strength and beautiful flexibility. The show’s Choose Your Own Adventure format invites viewers to decide—live—which stories they will hear during each performance. Since its Seattle debut in October 2007, Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps has been selling out and changing lives at every engagement, in venues of 50 to 300, from Miami to Anchorage and unexpected markets in between. Scott Turner Schofield is a writer, performer, and educator creating theater about gender and sexuality. He is also a man who was a woman, a lesbian turned straight guy who is often called a fag. Not surprisingly, his work centers on contradictions and comedy. Schofield has been touring his original solo performances to colleges, festivals, and theaters nationwide since 2001. These autobiographical monologues challenge fundamental gender assumptions with stories of searching, embarrassment, pride, and the joy of finding yourself on your own terms.
IN SEARCH OF GEISHAGHOST
created/performed by Ryka Aoki de la Cruz
Sunday, November 11 at 7:30pm
at Pangea World Theater's studio
Child abuse survivor, poet, songwriter, national judo champion, vegetarian cook, goth princess, and transgender moonshining chemist, Ryka Aoki was transitioning long before her first dose of estrogen. Now she's on a journey to bring these identities together to become not a queer superhero, but a woman who can reflect and rejoice in her journey thus far. From poems to pot stills, eyeshadow to knife defenses, this show is dedicated to everyone who has ever split themselves into pieces in order to live in the worlds of others--and are trying to get all the pieces back.
Ryka Aoki has been honored by the California State Senate for creating Trans/Giving, LA's only art/performance series dedicated to trans*, genderqueer, and intersex artists. In her latest book, Seasonal Velicoties, Ryka Aoki invites the reader on a fragile and furious journey along the highways and skyways of discovery, retribution, and resolve. Through her poetry, essays, stories, and performances, Aoki has consistently challenged, informed, and enthralled queer audiences across the United States. Ryka will be selling and signing copies of this book following the performance in the Intermedia Arts lobbySeasonal Velocities
MORPHED: Loud & Queer Cabaret Partay
Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm at
As part of the MORPHOLOGIES: Queer Performance Festival, we bring you a fabulous night of performance art, dance, poetry, music, burlesque and so much more, featuring local queer artists. Curated by RARE Productions.
created/performed by D’Lo
Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15 at 7:30pm at Intermedia Arts
No matter how free we think we are, fierce queers and folks of color are being challenged daily in merely surviving; fighting against being defunct.
Defunct (dih-fuhngkt): no longer operative or valid; no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning having ceased to exist or live; dead
D’FunQT (pronounced defunct) is filled with D’Lo’s humorous musings, rants and stories of being a queer boy/stud/ transgendered person who grew up in a strict immigrant family, trying to make it all work peacefully while radically and bizarrely challenging mindframes in choosing to exist unapologetically. This show is D’Lo’s gift to the communities D’Lo identifies with: Fierce Folks of Color, Queers, QT’s and yes, Islanders. “I want to give my people a break. A moment to exhale in peace, To celebrate in laughter, To feel accepted in all your glory amongst other good people.” D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer who has performed and/or facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and India). D’Lo is also the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally (LA, NY and SF).
Outside The Circle
created and performed by Andrea Assaf and Samuel Valdez
Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17 at 7:30pm at Intermedia Arts
Outside the Circle is a funny, heartbreaking, experimental new play that brings people together across identities and communities, examining what love is, and what happens to love when we internalize society’s phobias. In the play, a straight man with cerebral palsy and a non-disabled queer woman recount their adventures, and share their woes, of unsuccessful attempts to seduce [straight] women. Their lives on both sides of the border intersect one night, when they meet at a Tijuana bar, and become entwined in each other’s stories. Their parallel and interweaving tales of unrequited love reveal the illusions of normalcy, and the liberation possible when choosing life…outside the circle. Directed by Dora Arreola. Also features Maria Vale.
Shaking Our Shells: Stories from On the Wings of Wadaduga
created/performed by Qwo-Li Driskill
Sunday and Monday, November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm at Intermedia Arts
Part of Pangea World Theater’s INDIGENOUS VOICES SERIES*, Co-Presented by Intermedia Arts
Shaking Our Shells: Stories from On the Wings of Wadaduga is an ongoing historiographical performance project that focuses on revising archived and embodied Cherokee Two-Spirit/GLBTQ memories. Drawing on archival research and interviews, this one-person performance shares stories from Cherokee cultural memory about 2 GLBTQ people within the context of larger tactics for decolonization and continuance.
Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Inverventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. Hir artistic and scholarly work appears in numerous publications, and s/he performs and facilitates workshops at events across Turtle Island. Qwo-Li grew up in rural Colorado and earned a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University in 2008. S/he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University, where Qwo-Li teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric & writing, and continues to research Queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous politics and identities, particularly of Cherokee Queer/Two-Spirit people, as well as critical ethnic studies, historiography, oral history performance, Native language restoration, healing historical trauma, radical pedagogies, and Red-Black Studies. An activist since the early 90s, Qwo-Li is committed to radical social transformation and intersectional politics. Hir activism is deeply rooted in and informed by Native decolonization movements, Queer/Trans/GLBT communities of color, feminisms, poor/working-class politics, and (dis)ability movements. Qwo-Li’s work as a poet, performer, scholar, and educator is entwined with struggles for social justice and healing.
*The Indigenous Voices Series was created in 2001 to explore issues in the indigenous agenda, focusing not only on internal details but also the wider global and national contexts through the medium of theater and performance art. In this series, local, national, and international artists raise issues that affect their community – issues of identity, rights, struggles, and experiences.
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