Lynn Breedlove: One Freak Show
By Lynn Breedlove
Directed by Bayla Travis
Lynn Breedlove is taking over Madison with his/her ONE FREAK SHOW. Here's what the press says about ONE FREAK SHOW:
How absolutely wonderful to go see a gender-bent and bending border-crossing whip-smart cutting-edge performer-who allows the audience to become children for a few moments. Terry Baum, SF Bay Times
Maybe most of this stuff will never make it to the mainstream. That's the mainstream's loss...Rachel Howard, SF Chronicle
Uninhibited humor lends tender insight and perspective to a gender politics debate that often takes place in a fiercely contentious atmosphere...Billy Tania, SF Bay Times
Lynn Breedlove's ONE FREAK SHOW: LESS ROCK, MORE HILARITY is queer, homohop, punkrock standup comedy on transgender bodies, feminism, family, and "community." Her/his plan for world peace includes gender nesting dolls, cross-dressing stuffed animals, and a new edition of Our Bodies Ourselves for men.
This story touches everyone regardless of sexuality or gender. It's about the confusion not just of society but of the individual, when S/he doesn't modify her/himself to make her/his insides match her/his outsides. It's about the sadness of the bicultural guy torn between warring communities, because s/he identifies as both. It's about trying to label oneself to satisfy others and get love, when in fact no label seems to fit, and how the eyes of a child open the heart to simplify social constructs. It's about our human body quest for compassion for ourselves and everyone else. It's an irreverent, sweet look at the interior world of Lynn Breedlove, notorious punk feminist, giving out permission slips to laugh at ourselves and each other, hate each other, and accidentally stumble on love.
Lynn Breedlove rocks on after 15 years as lead yeller of legendary punk band Tribe8, vanguard of the queer revolution. Over the last fifteen years, fronting the band, writing the highly acclaimed, Lambda Literary Award nominated urban punk novel, Godspeed, performing with the all woman spoken word troupe Sister Spit, and hosting San Francisco's queer cabarets, Breedlove has developed an onstage persona that's become the audience pick through all of these forms. Regardless of what medium s/he chooses, Breedlove's sharp-like-a-new-chainsaw-blade humor and intimate, improvisational fluidity reaches everyone, turns the specific universal, makes learning high-minded political concepts fun at last.
Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theater, 113 E Mifflin Street
Performances: April 21, 2006
Performance Times: 10:30 pm
Ticket Prices $7
Call 608-661-9696, ext 3 for reservations or more information.