New theatrical work by and for trans creatives is the most ambitious part of Tiresias Projekt's programming. We are available for collaboration and consultation-- do not hesitate to contact us with thoughts or questions.
Our two most developed theatre pieces to date are Uncivil Heart (presented at the Tank's Pride Fest 2016 and at the Queerly Festival 2017) and Here, Serpent, presented as a work-in-process by Dixon Place in January, 2018.
Here, Serpent is a queer, experimental treatment of Antony and Cleopatra, developed by C. Bain and partially devised with Brian McQueen. We find the doomed lovers stranded outside of time, in a text that shifts seamlessly yet violently across academic, classical, and aggressively contemporary vocabularies. Tis is a vulnerable, bold, funny, passionate work, and we were extremely ducky to present it at Dixon Place with an all-trans, all-genius cast.
This is a piece of queer Civil War-era Americana, written by C. Bain. Currently, C. is developing this project as a novel, but it has had a life as a theatre piece for a few years. It is a story about a white trans man in the Antebellum south who falls in love with a woman who is enslaved by his family. When his family tries to force him into a cis-heterosexual marriage, he runs away, leaving his lover behind. Uncivil Heart follows the woman as she endures this betrayal and its consequences, and follows the boy as he is dragged back to his home, his history, the parts of himself that he cannot escape.
In keeping with our mission, this project locates queer bodies in history, where we have been denied and erased. We have always existed. And we have never been perfect. One important piece of this effort is to implicate white queers in white supremacy. Queerness does not mean heroism, or impeccability. And it's because of that complication that i know that the legacy of queerness is mine. There are profound american questions about power and intimacy that continue to haunt and destroy us as a culture. This works with the elements of that story which are C.'s to tell.
I am intensely grateful for the support this project has already received including the generosity of the Tank and The Kraine and Horse Trade Theater group for giving me an opportunity to have staged readings of this work in process. Special thanks also are due to Sasha Warner-Berry, Lauren Whitehead, Taylor Steele and of course every actor who has gifted me with their energy and talent. Below is a gallery of photos from the staged reading of this project in July 2017.
Kevin R. Free, pictured presenting us on behalf of Horse Trade Theatre Gorup. Cast of this performance was Alisha B. Woods, Jonelle Robinson, David Lawton, Summer Minerva, Nick Luis, Stephon, Sabra Shelly, Denali Thomas, Liz Glazer, Dameka Hayes and C. Bain.