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The Naked I: Monologues From Beyond the Binary
 
written by Tobias K. Davis
February 12 - 15, 2009
   
Bedlam Theatre, MPLS
 

Following in the footsteps of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues comes The Naked I: Monologues from Beyond the Binary by award-winning transgender female-to-male (FTM) playwright, Tobias K. Davis. Not willing to stop at discussing women’s vaginas, The Naked I explores the bodies and experiences of transgender, gender-queer, and intersex individuals. The play, which includes monologues, duologues, and short sketches, shares stories about men with vaginas and women with penises, women born without vaginas, and a multitude of other differently-gendered people exploring their bodies and dissecting society’s assumptions. Tender and heart wrenching, deeply funny and erotic, Davis takes the idea of a monologue-based play to a new level and boldly explains and explores the land beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’.

This production is made possible, in part, by funds from The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legistlature,

and by funds from Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund).


Lavender Magazine Preview of The Naked I

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ARTISTS
 

Emilia Aghamirzai (asst stage manager) recently graduated from Main Street School of Performing Arts and is currently the 20% Theatre Company Production Intern. Usually an actress, Emilia recently starred in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and Bull, an original collaboration at Main Street, which appeared in the 2008 MN Fringe Festival. Emilia just finished Asst Stage Managing and Asst. Directing Perfect Pie for 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities.
Claire Avitabile (director; project manager)
is the founding Artistic Director of 20% Theatre Company and has been directing and teaching in the Twin Cities and New England for almost a decade. For 20%, Claire has directed Hot ‘n’ Throbbing and Standards of Care - both recognized in Lavender Magazine’s “Top 10 Best Productions” of 2007 and 2008. Claire just finished directing Perfect Pie for 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities.
Katie Burgess (actor)
Remy Corso (actor/director)
Sean Corvin (actor)
Kathleen Culhane (actor) is a 40(ish) married woman and mother living in St Paul.  She has appeared on stage in The Trans Cafe at the 2006 Minnesota Fringe Festival.  She has also done standup, opening for the Androgyny Kings drag troupe.  She is also a proud member of TransVoices, the only transgender chorus in the Midwest.
Tobias K. Davis (playwright)
currently works, lives and writes in Northampton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Smith College, he received First Prize in the 2003 Five-College Denis H. Johnston Playwriting Competition for The Naked I, which was co-directed with Claire Avitabile. The Naked I was then selected to be part of the 2003 National Transgender Theater Festival at the WOW Cafe in New York City. Davis' short piece, The Best Boyfriend, was also selected for Native Aliens Theatre Collective's Short Stories 5 Festival. Davis is also the author of Standards of Care and Crossing, a transgendered take on the story of Jesus' crucifixion.
Ari Edes (actor) edits and writes for NEED, hir favorite magazine of all time, on food sovereignty, sustainable development and other humanitarian issues. Ze thinks nonstop about gender and is grateful for the opportunity to meet like-minded people in The Naked I.
Riley Edgeton (actor)
just graduated from Mainstreet School of Performing Arts. Riley made his professional theatrical debut last summer in 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities' Standards of Care as FTM character Jason. He hopes to continue in theatre and music for as long as possible.
Max Gries (director) is a house manager at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota and teaches private piano lessons.  A passionate genderqueer organizer and activist, Max is co-chair of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, and has produced arts and community building events such as the Transgender Voices Festival and genderBLUR.  Max is new to directing and has loved being part of The Naked I.
Bryan Grosso (actor)
Zealot Hamm (actor)
Dana Jeffries (actor)
Cheyenne Johnson (actor)
Shannon Kiley (stage manager)
is thrilled to be working with 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities. Shannon has been stage managing in the Twin Cities area over the last year, working with Urban Samurai Productions as well as the Sabes Jewish Community Center. She has also worked in the Fargo and St. Cloud area, as a stage manager, lighting designer, and technical director. Shannon recently finished Stage Managing for 20%'s Perfect Pie.
Kelly Knochel (actor) took the Atlantic Highlands, NJ (pop. 4000) theatre scene by storm as a candle in first grade. A community organizer-turned-academic who brings marginalized voices to the center, Kelly is excited to try an onstage version of this in The Naked I. Kelly thanks the cast and crew and, of course, hir Deborah, fierce gender explorers all.
Tracy Lee (postcard designer) is a freelance design artist originating from Western Massachusetts. She attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago as an undergrad in Film Video New Media, and has a Graphic Design Certification from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Information & work by Tracy Lee can be viewed at her website: www.tbagmedia.com
Lane McKiernan (director)
Michael Mellas (actor/director)
recently moved to Minneapolis after completing his MA in Theatre from Miami University of Ohio.  This is second directing endeavor in the twin cities after working with Theatre Limina on The SantaLand Diaries this past November.  Michael would like to thank the entire cast and crew for a fantastic communal experience in creating The Naked I!
Anthony Neuman (actor)
After taking a 5 year break from acting to transition, Anthony recently starred in 20%'s Standards of Care as David. He grew up in the theatre, and performed and countless improv shows with the original youth team at Brave New Workshop. Anthony graduated from Perpich Center for Arts Education in 2003, and currently resides in Chicago where he is attending Columbia College, finishing his degree in creative non-fiction.
Mykel Pennington (actor)
is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities and she graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1997 with a degree in Drama. Work in the Twin Cities includes shows with Cromulent Shakespeare Theatre Company (Sense and Sensibility), 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities (Hot’n’Throbbing and Perfect Pie), Chameleon Theatre Circle (Gaggle of Saints and Crossing Event Horizon), and Bad Attitude Production (Love’s Labours Lost). When not acting on stage, Mykel enjoys entertaining her two beautiful daughters, Sophia and Honora, and spending time with her husband, Sean.
Ariel Pinkerton (lighting design/actor) is a University of Minnesota graduate with a B.A. in theatre arts. She has most recently been seen in 3.1.81 with 20%, TV Men and Orestes with nimbus theatre, and Sense & Sensibility with Cromulent Shakespeare. In addition to performing, Ariel is a lighting designer and recently designed 4:48 Psychosis. She is also the author of Teach Me Tonight, which will be 20% Theatre TC’s next show.
Lacey Piotter (actor)
is thrilled to be appearing in her second 20% production, after performing in the world premiere of Standards of Care. A native of California, she has found nothing but joy in the last two years she has spent in the Twin Cities theater community. She has most recently been seen in (Almost) Got It Made, Theatre Unbound’s 24-Hour Play Project, and the Twin Cities Chekov Festival. As a side project, Lacey is also developing an original script depicting the untold stories of the service industry.
Ben Resman (actor) is tickled to be returning to the stage after a very long hiatus.  His previous work included roles in The Miracle Worker, Pippin, No Exit, You Can't Take It With You and The Miss Firecracker Contest.  He is thrilled to be wokring with such a talented group of actors and directors on The Naked I.
Scotty Reynolds (director) has been working with the Interact Center for four years as an instructor and collaborating artist, including directing Interact’s Ivey Award winning musical, Broken Brain Summit. Scotty has performed with the History Theatre and trained with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. In 2006 he was a fellow at Intermedia Arts in the Institute for Community and Cultural Development. Scotty recently launched a directors laboratory, the Mpls Pinter Studies. He is looking forward to serving as an announcer for the 2009 season of MNRollerGirls roller derby and gardening at the Bedlam Theatre.
Renata Shaffer-Gottschalk (costume design)
is pleased to be working again with such an innovative theatre company, after recently costuming Perfect Pie. A B.F.A. graduate of Longwood University, Renata has designed throughout the twin cities for Minneapolis Musical Theatre (Chess, Summer of ‘42), Minnesota PerformDance, and Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Amazons and Their Men). She would like to thank her family, mentors, and friends, especially her husband for all his love and patience.
Danielle Siver (actor)
has been happily residing in Minneapolis and making her way as a freelance actor for the past 3 years. During that time, she has worked with Upright Egg Theatre Company (The Afterlife Project, The Love Project, The Present Project, The Chuck Mee Project), In the Basement Productions (The Women), Swearing Jack Productions (Titus), The Mechanical Division (Cannibal! The Musical) and, of course, 20% Theatre (Spiderkiss Soiree, elephant shoes and olive juice, 4:48 Psychosis, 3.1.81). In her spare time, Danielle enjoys laughing, playing, and hijinx of all kinds.
Neal Spinler (director)
Enzi Tanner (actor)
Anika Taylor (director)
Ethan Turcotte (actor) is an east coast transplant who studied how to fall off surfboards in los angeles for the last three years. He would like to know when summer comes to Minneapolis.
Cole Walsh (director)
Maren Ward (director)

Peat Willcutt (actor)
is one of Minneapolis/St. Paul's few male burlesque performers. He can be found at the Brass Rail's "Super Freak" show and at Foxy Tann's "Twin Titties Burlesque" at Station 4 in St. Paul. He is also a trained belly-dancer that enjoys dancing with live snakes. Off stage, Peat can be often found in his Nicollet Island garden or teaching people how to grow vegetables and raise backyard chickens.
Nicole Wilder (director)
Abbie Williams (actor)

Last Updated October 29, 2009
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