Your favorite queer performers: raging, raving and raw!
Storytellers/Comics/performers Kelli Dunham, Red Durkin, J Mase III and Jes Tom all have one thing in common: despite have made their way in the sometimes punishing national queer performance scene, all four of them have a chunk material that scares their audiences just a little bit. Comedy about a partner's assisted suicide in the state of Oregon, and visiting the scene of the Japanese internment camps. Poetry about a father's death, a hilarious monologue about orchiectomies and being a woman trapped in a gorilla suit. In this show, they bring all that together to share performance on the edge: not on the edge of good taste, but on the edge of razor wire of emotional sharing + hilarity.
Kelli Dunham is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer comic; appeared nationwide in colleges, at pride festivals and on Showtime and the Discovery Channel. Her three CDs (I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy. Almost Pretty, and Why Is the Fat One Always Angry) are in regular rotation on the Sirius Satellite Network Rawdog’s Station and Pandora’s Margaret Cho station.
J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet currently based in Brooklyn. The creator of the traveling performance event Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement, J Mase has shared his special brand of poetry on stages around the U.S. and UK. One of the bitterest of queers, he is author of "And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death. In J Mase’s other life as an educator and activist, he has worked with thousands of community members and service providers across the country on the needs of LGBTQ youth and adults in spaces such as faith communities, elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, medical agencies, juvenile justice organizations, and foster care programs, among others. An advocate of really fierce scars and queering scripture, he currently spends his offstage time talking to his dog. To find out more about J Mase III, feel free to stalk (follow) him on Twitter @jmaseiii, Facebook J Mase III, or track him on his website at www.jmaseiii.com.
Red Durkin is a comic and writer; voted the 2013 MOTHA Performer of the Year, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit. Her work on Youtube has reached over 150,000 views.
Jes Tom is a comedian and actor based in New York City. Jes is a new voice in stand up comedy, gleefully providing the genderqueer Asian American radical separatist perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. A San Francisco native, Jes has performed alongside prominent West Coast personalities Marga Gomez, D’Lo, and The Zodiac Killer (he was never caught, so this might be true). Jes Tom's credits include Opentoe Peepshow, Queens Council on the Arts, and the Five College Queer Conference. Jes can be found scowling in the corner at NYC open mics, at their day job selling dildos to the wealthy, and in their pajamas at 2pm, having just woken up.
Tickets: Sliding Scale $9-20