MORPHOLOGIES: Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps
Becoming A Man in 127 EASY Steps
Created/Performed by Scott Turner Schofield
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.
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.
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.
Scott Turner Schofield is a writer, performer, and educator creating theater about gender and sexuality in the Deep South. He is also a man who was a woman, a lesbian turned straight guy who is often called a fag. Not surprisingly, his work centers on contradictions and comedy. Schofield has been touring his original solo performances to colleges, festivals, and theaters nationwide since 2001. These autobiographical monologues challenge fundamental gender assumptions with stories of searching, embarrassment, pride, and the joy of finding yourself on your own terms. His work has been lauded by press, academics, and artists alike for meeting queer and mainstream audiences with humor and compassion, and have seen over 100 full productions since 2001 at theatres, festivals, conferences, colleges and universities across the country. In 2007, Schofield became the first openly trans artist commissioned by the National Performance Network for his third solo show Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps, and has also received a Tanne Foundation Award for Commitment to Artistic Excellence (2004), and the prestigious 2007 Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Acting. Schofield’s first book, Two Truths and a Lie was published in 2008 by HomoFactus Press. A memoir passing as three solo plays, the book brings readers inside the often hilarious—but all too real—moments of Schofield’s young life on the Homecoming Court and Debutante Ball circuit (in a dress). Armed with only a decoder ring and a gifted tongue, Schofield comes out with truly unbelievable stories of a body in search of an identity that are by turns slapstick and slap-to-the-face. A signature facet of Schofield’s work, this drama warmly invites readers to explore gender, sex, sexuality, and self in their own first person.
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Pangea World Theater is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part from support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board.