Do you believe?

The holiday season is right around the corner, so it seems like the perfect time to ask that question. Plus, soon we will all be busy or traveling or both. But before that happens, I thought I would push my luck yet one more time by asking you, DEAR AUDIENCE, to hit that comment button and tell me what solo performances YOU HAVE SEEN, and if you haven’t seen any (lest you think you were going to be let off the hook that easily), which of the solo performances that I have mentioned so far, would YOU WANT to see, read or perform. If you’re feeling really generous, perhaps you would provide a word or two about why you picked the solo performance that you did. Inquiring minds want to know.

Think of this request as an attempt to create that Tinkerbell moment in the play version of Peter Pan when Peter Pan turns to the audience and tells us that unless we work together and bring our hands together in applause, Tinkerbell will not come back to life.

This is my way of testing to see if perhaps that world of theater I doomed to extinction in yesterday’s post might not be so doomed after all.

Click comment if you believe.

6 thoughts on “Do you believe?

  1. I would really like to see the performances from the workshop you attended. They sounded incredibly interesting and the fact that they focused on the body just adds to it for me.

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    1. And the performances were all so different from one another so it’s also interesting to see how differently focused the body can be. There was definitely some very powerful work in that performance, including one performance that examined the transgender body in community. I want to SEE these performances too, as an audience member rather than as a performer.

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      1. Diverse literature, in whatever form (plays, novels, poems, etc.), needs to be heard/read. More and more I find myself drawn to authors who deal with queer identity. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite authors wrote a novel (the third in an already very queer-populated trilogy) about a nonbinary character who is facing having to conform to a strictly male identity due to societal expectations, and it was done so well, especially for a historical setting.

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      2. I couldn’t agree more which is why I feel so strongly that we need more rather than fewer performances. The more voices and stories we get, the less likely we are comfortable in thinking that one story covers everyone. There is a lot of work around queer identity in the solo performance form, and performers like Reno, Mike Albo, Tim Miller, Holly Hughes, James Lecesne, Staceyann Chin, and others make sure there is space for it.

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  2. I would like to see Sarah Jones’ Bridge and Tunnel. I remember seeing her in a clip on TED in class. I loved how she shifted personas by altering her voice and clothing so seamlessly in the clip so I could only imagine how cool it would look and sound like if I saw it live.

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    1. Yup, I agree and Sarah Jones is lots of fun to watch in person. The only thing I can liken it to is a seance wherein Jones channels all of these different beings into her own body. It is quite uncanny and definitely worth seeing especially because it makes you think even more about fluidity of identity.

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