What a roller coaster the summer of 2013 was! The euphoria of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop H8 going down at the Supreme Court, GETTING MARRIED on that very same day as the Supreme Court decisions, and now my husband Alistair and I are applying for a green card.
So amazing this has finally happened and DOMA is overturned as regards Federal recognition. After all these years! And finally after almost twenty years being a couple, Alistair and I will go to Australia together for the very first time. Alistair has not seen his family in Australia for seventeen years.
Even as I sense my shows of the last dozen years - built around DOMA, Prop 8 and our immigration situation- suddenly no longer need to be performed in quite the same way , I am really interested in what comes next. What do we do now as the difference between the states becomes even starker. Much more profound and real than the red-blue false binary of presidential politics. How we deal with Alabama or North Carolina or Florida or Texas where gay people have no rights, where women are under attack, and voter suppression is the rule of the land. This becomes a real conundrum.
I am excited to think how I will recalibrate my performance work to this new reality just as I did in 1996 when almost overnight the reality of AIDS changed and those 10 years of performances I did exploring AIDS was suddenly in a new place. I have also been thinking a lot about other moments like this. In 1989 with the abrupt shift in eastern euro political and theatre praxis that brought us Vaclav Havel as President of Czechoslovakia before long. Or Viet Nam protest theater & performance and protest praxis that screeched to a halt after 72...and on and on! I guess if we do social text work we should hope that the performances themselves become no longer necessary in the same way and move along to new subjects! Hmmm, how about Economic Injustice, Voter Suppression, Climate Change for starters! Not to mention the 35 states still without marriage equality!
Meanwhile the Fall is rolling with many performances and residencies as you see below. And a sneak peek to the new year with a big project in 2014 Australia at Theatre Works in Melbourne and another main season devised performance at Ft Lewis College in Colorado that we will then take to the American College Theater Festival! Surf's up!
|September 3-5, 2013||Emory & Henry College
|September 29 - October 4||Southern Illinois University|
|October 5-6||Southern Methodist University
Long Island University
|October 18||Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
New York, NY
|October 18-19||Trinity-La MaMa Program
New York, NY
|October 21||Hamilton College|
|October 22-23||Syracuse University|
|October 23||Cornell University|
|November 7||Sofia University
Palo Alto, CA
|November 20-24||National Communications Association
|December 2-7||Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
|December 3||University of Iowa|
|December 8-10||University of Northern Iowa|
|January 19-26, 2014||Theater Works
|January 27-February 8||Fort Lewis College
|February 12-15||American College Theater Festival|