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November 9, 2012–November 19, 2012
Various Locations


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.

Please click here for ticket information for the festival! 

The schedule, including performance descriptions and artist biographies is as follows:


Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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.


Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15 at 7:30pm
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artist

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Defunct (dih-fuhngkt): no longer operative or valid no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning having ceased to exist or live; dead

Created/Performed by D’Lo: 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.”


Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17 at 7:30pm
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artists

A play created and performed by Andrea Assaf and Samuel Valdez: 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.


Sunday and Monday, November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artist

Part of Pangea World Theater’s INDIGENOUS VOICES SERIES*, Co-Presented by Intermedia Arts

Created/Performed by Qwo-Li Driskill: 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.

*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.

Please click here for ticket information for the festival! 

Previous MORPHOLOGIES Performances:


Friday* and Saturday**, November 9 and 10 at 7:30pm
THE RITZ THEATER, 345 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413
*The performance on Friday, November 9 will be followed immediately by an opening night party
**The performance on Saturday, November 10 will be ASL interpreted and followed by a post-show discussion with the artist.

Created/Performed by Scott Turner Schofield: 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.


Sunday, November 11 at 7:30pm
Pangea World Theater Studio, Calhoun Building, 711 West Lake Street, Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408
This performance will be ASL interpreted and followed by a book sale/signing and reception in the lobby.

Created/Performed by Ryka Aoki de la Cruz: 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.



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