Queer-Theatre

Becoming a lesbian reminds me of when I tried to learn sports

© 2017 Nessa Norich
(The Infinite Wrench: Week #33)

T stands on stage and shoots arrows or maybe just aims the bow a bunch.

Nessa runs on stage with a sweat band super eager, running in place.

Nessa: K! I’m here! I’m ready! I’m warm! I’m ready!

T: You’re late!

Nessa: Yes! I am! But I’m ready to do this!

T: Alright, relax a little, most of the effort is in showing up!

N: Right! - cool, yes I’m here. Can I try (goes to touch different parts of T’s body, not choosing one) … your bow?

T: You’re cute. Sure ya can… here ya go.

Nessa takes it and tries to aim it -

N: Am I doing it right??

T: You need to use your – checks Nessa’s nails – fingers - gentle but firm.

N: Now is this good?

Tries once.

I’m not good at this.

Tries to hand it back.

T: No, try! You’re doing fine - you just need good focus – and practice.

T gets behind Nessa and adjusts her.

T: Just like that.

N (slinks down to the floor): I’m not strong.

T: It’s not about being strong -

N: My hands are so small though!

T: Come on, let’s try again.

Tries to pull Nessa up.

N:  I wanna see you do it.

T: You’re not gonna learn if I do it for you! Do you want to learn?

N: I wanna be good so bad!!!

Gets up.

T: OK, here we go. Keep your focus on what’s right in front of you, don’t take your eyes off of it. Shoot strait, direct and text at least once a day.

Nessa shoots.

If Nessa makes it - they high 5 or hug or whatever.

Either way, play ends with:

Nessa: Even though I can sometimes be shitty, will you be patient with me? I really wanna be good.

CURTAIN.

What are the salient features of fabulousness? Irony. Tragic history. Defiance. Gender fuck. Glitter. Drama. It is not butch. It is not hot. The cathexis surrounding Fabulousness is not necessarily erotic. The Fabulousness is not delimited by age or beauty. Style has a didactical relationship to physical beauty. The body is real. Style is theatre. The raw materials are reworked into the illusion. For style to be truly fabulous, one must completely triumph over tragedy, age, physical insufficiencies -  and just as importantly, one’s audiences must be made aware of the degree of transcendence, of triumph; must see both the triumph and that over which the triumph has been made. (In this, the magic of the Fabulous is precisely the magic of the theater. The wires show. The illusion is always incomplete, inadequate; the work behind the magic is meant to be appreciated.)
—  Tony Kushner, “Notes Toward a Theater of the Fabulous” from John M. Clum’s Staging Gay Lives.

Me: In Ever After, the music in the background every time Peter sings is very calm and melancholy, while the music in the background every time Jason sings is very loud and tempestuous. This shows their mindsets at the time, because Peter has finally accepted his sexuality and found peace within himself while Jason is still fighting it with everything he’s got and doesn’t know what to do. It’s subtle things like this that make Bare: A Pop Opera such an incredible and underrated show


Mailman: ma'am I just need you to sign for your package

corro-vuelo-me-acelero  asked:

Katherine Hepburn!

Katharine Hepburn: Who do you admire? Why?

Oh my god Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin. Buckle in, I have more than a few things to say.

Obviously I’m a huge Grace and Frankie fan (and 9 to 5 is one of my all time favorite movies), so a year or two ago I got kind of obsessed with Lily Tomlin because I just wanted to learn everything about her. How could you not? And I found this video of a tribute to her at the Kennedy Center, where Kate McKinnon said something along the lines of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe was my book in high school.”
So I immediately ordered it from Amazon. In the time it took for it to reach me at school, I was assigned my final project for my Women in Theatre/ 150 Years of Advocacy course. We had to do a profile of a female playwright, summarize and discuss their most famous work, and analyze it to find what about it is so important.
The timing of it all felt like a gift, really. My professor gave us a list of playwrights to choose from, but because I’m a theatre major and a damn good student she let me pick Jane Wagner and The Search for Signs.
As soon as I began my research on Jane Wagner, I realized that you can’t talk about her career without also talking about Lily Tomlin. They are just so deeply interconnected in their work that it speaks to a love beyond description.
The two of them make me feel proud to be a lesbian. They make me feel like I can create things and make contributions to the world of theatre and beyond. They make me feel like whatever reception my future work gets from the general public, it will find somebody who needs it desperately and for that reason alone it will be a success.
Reading such a layered, witty, absurd play was a definitively life changing experience. It was an existential comfort.
Looking at the script in my hands and knowing what I know now about it, that it was a creation of love and concern and care, knowing about the two unstoppable women behind it–it told me that I will be okay.
They obviously weren’t high school sweethearts. It took them awhile to find each other, but god, once they did… they give me so much hope that my person is out there.

My professor is the head of our theatre department and told me after I picked my playwright that the school had applied for the rights to produce The Search for that semester. They had been turned down, but she says that she’s gonna keep trying until they can get them.
“Hopefully,” she told me, “we get them while you’re still here.”
I feel it in my bones that at some point in my life, I will be blessed enough to be cast in this show. If simply reading it was enough to change me, it’s my duty as a performer to find a way to pass that on to others. What better way than to perform it myself?

When discussing gay theater, I am always reminded of Blanche DuBois’ proclamation: “I don’t want realism, I want magic!!” It is a sense of theater as a magical space mirroring life but large than life and the sense that theatre best mirrors the performance of gender and the awareness of performativity that have historically been part of the gay experience. These plays all take their audiences and readers to surprising places. There is no way in which we could refer to these plays as “straight” plays. Gay playwrights, even in their most serious moments, remind their audiences of the many readings of the word play, What does theatre mean if it is not joyous, camp, liberating, and magical? It is not somber, literal, or naturalistic.
—  John M. Clum, Staging Gay Lives.
HEY ANYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO MY PLAY!

Hi everyone!!

This is in regard to my senior thesis project, a theatre performance about transgender lives.
First of all, thank you to all who have submitted their stories to me. I was blown away by how open to sharing all of you were.

For the purpose of the piece, unfortunately I had to pick very few stories, but I was able to grab some lines here and there to create a voice over montage for the intro (all of which will be recorded by trans people). So many people are represented in my thesis! And it’s exactly what I imagined it to be.

Since some of the people who contributed changed their URLs, I can’t find everyone to ask if they want credit. So I decided to make all stories anonymous, but I give special thanks to those who contributed in my program. If you see this and you contributed to my thesis and definitely want credit, please message me and I’ll make sure (if your story is in the play) that you get credit.

Some stories I had to edit and cut, but believe me when I say I stayed true to every one of those stories and made sure they were accurate to who you all are.

I will post a video of it soon after it goes up! It’s called Oh, Sweet Child. The dates are April 29th and 30th.

Thanks again everyone. It is an honor to tell your stories.

-Ellie D.

No, but guys.  Fun Home took Best Musical.  Hedwig took Best Revival last year.  Two years in a row, two shamelessly, explicitly queer stories - BOTH WHICH ARE ABOUT ACCEPTING YOURSELF AS YOU ARE EVEN IF YOU FUCK UP ALONG THE WAY - have taken top prize in their category, with their lead actors from both winning Best Actor for their performances.

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.  

Teacher, please: there’s more to learn
we few who’ve chosen not to spurn
the words our fathers’ fathers said
when they lived (now, they’re dead)

if I remember, will you return
will you awaken, the harder I yearn
the sound of an “s” instead of “t”
brings my grandmother back to me

your words will be the coat I’ll wear
through vinter–which is kalt;
so I’ll be like you in every way
when I reach the Age of Old

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H’OKAY. SO. Last night we saw Dave Malloy as Pierre!! :D

We’d been planning this trip since they announced he was doing a series of shows–we knew we had to see him but we needed to make it work with timing and vacation days and stuff like that, so we ended up tagging this trip onto the front of my trip to Charlotte later this week, which inadvertently made it the first show after the Tonys, which we won’t talk about because I think I’ve made my saltiness on that front PRETTY CLEAR so far. With things working out the way they did, we decided that we should get a gift for Malloy to acknowledge how much this show has meant to us and that he won all the Tonys in our hearts. Initially I thought a plant was a good idea because flowers die and are also awkward to carry around. From there, my brain thought: well, we should put it in a box so he can just throw it in his bag. We should decorate the box. We should decorate the box to look like the theatre.

(At queer speed dating the other night, someone asked me which Parks and Rec character I most identify with. I said, “I feel like Ben Wyatt, but if you ask any of my friends, they’d say I’m Leslie Knope.”)

So, we decided all this on Monday night? So Tuesday was spent running around getting fabric and glue guns and putting all of this together. All of the little frames have pictures of members of the creative team. It’s PRETTY DARN CUTE, I’ve gotta say.

The entire day was a wild ride–we got the thing done just in time, then realized that my dad had taken my car keys with him so we were gonna miss the bus. Then he managed to get them to us in time for us to make the bus. Then the bus was stuck in traffic TWICE AS LONG AS USUAL. The florist was out of succulents and I had to run all over to find one. Literally run. I ran. With my legs and my lungs and stuff. It was the worst. But I managed to get to the theatre at 6:55 and use the rest room and get into my seat and chug a smoothie.

AND THEN THE SHOW STARTED!

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I didn’t know Javi Muñoz was gay until I saw the clip from August 14th of him fighting back against homophobes and honestly right now I have tears in my eyes right now because a gay Latino man is playing the biggest role on Broadway right now and he’s doing such an incredible job and as a young queer Latinx kid I’m crying because I have such an amazing role model to look up to

And this is so significant bc yes you hear about gay people in Broadway and in theatre (E. G. Groffsauce) but you NEVER hear about queer POCs, ESPECIALLY not queer Latinxes and definitely not queer Latinx individuals IN LEADING ROLES, and I’m so happy and so proud that I and future queer Latinx theatre kids have Javi to look up to and I just

I hope he knows that his existence and his playing this fantastic role in such an influential musical, which has become such a big part of my life, is an inspiration to me and to us all. Seeing myself represented in a community I love and respect is something I never could have imagined a year ago.

Thank you so much, Javi.