WHAT IS THIS 23-year-old Peter and Wendy collide and conjure a Neverland in their late night bedrooms. Through drag, touch, and a whole heck ton of chaotic joy, they explore girlhood, boyhood, and a new sense of recognition. A two-person, all-trans Peter Pan, ripped apart and smashed together.
The Boys of the Year Present: Peter Pan and Wendy will be performed December 13 & 14, 2019 at Mixed Blood Theatre.
WHY THIS We believe that transness is expansive, multi-layered, and beautiful. But we live in a world that does not see that beauty and frequently tries to destroy it. A world that stubbornly repeats trans stories with plot lines centered around isolation, loneliness, and trauma. We refuse to tell stories that simplify trans existence to pain.
Instead, we are excited to create and share work that celebrates what is messy, joyous, and unnameable about trans lives. Work that does not shy away from the complexities of trans identity and experience. Work that pushes the boundaries of what is “real” or “possible,” because we know that trans lives are full of impossible truths. Work that celebrates the language that trans people speak to each other and the ways that we hold each other up.
We are three young trans theater artists, working in an industry that was not made for our trans bodies. Through luck, scheming, and a little bit of gay magic, we came together, refusing the isolation we have been taught to expect.
Now, with The Boys of the Year Present: Peter Pan and Wendy, we have the opportunity to create a rehearsal process that centers trans safety, boldness, artistry, and joy. We will develop ways of making and sharing theater that honor the holistic humanity of the artists, prioritize building relationships of trust over expectations of high efficiency, and celebrate the contributions of all collaborators equally.
Every donation you make goes towards paying our team, acquiring props and costumes, and renting additional rehearsal space. Can’t donate? Share! And show up and show out for trans art—look out for sliding scale tickets available Nov. 12th.
WHO ARE WE (COLLABORATOR BIOS)
C Michael Menge (they/them) – Peter C Michael is an actor, improvisor, and theater-maker known for their work with the Jungle Theater (Little Women, Hand to God), Black Ensemble Players (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mixed Blood Theatre (On Our Own Terms), the Playwrights’ Center (various), HUGE Improv Theater, the Black and Funny Improv Festival, and more. They were named City Pages Best Actor 2019. Catch their next adventure in Redwood at the Jungle Theater (March-April 2020)!
Henry Ellen Sansone (he/him) – Wendy Henry Ellen Sansone is an actor, theatre maker, and teaching artist. His recent work includes creating and performing with Sandbox Theatre (Bone Mother, Golden Record Project, Words.Do.Move) and Grand Island Theatre (Hamlet, but Hamlet’s a Chicken) as well as acting with Chameleon Theatre Circle (Spring Awakening), Theatre Unbound (Iphigenia and Other Daughters), and South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (Richard III). Henry holds a BA in Theatre Arts – Performance Creation from the University of Minnesota and is a company member with Sandbox Theatre.
Andi Mickle (they/them) – Stage & Story Manager Andi Mickle is a stage manager, theater maker, and educator with a focus on new and devised work. They have worked in various capacities at theaters including Penumbra Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company, and Stages Theatre Company, and are excited to stage manage at Open Eye Figure Theatre in January 2020. Andi holds a BA in Theatre from Macalester College.
We are grateful to Mixed Blood Theatre and Sandbox Theatre for their donations of performance and rehearsal space. Promo photos by Aaron C. Lauby