Mixed Blood Theatre presents, ON OUR OWN TERMS: Voices at the Intersection of Transgender Experience and Mixed Blood Theatre, living at the crossroads of theater and the trans experience at Mixed Blood on April 28-29. The weekend propels Mixed Blood’s ambition to become an artistic home for trans theatre artists. The title of the celebratory festival – On Our Own Terms – is reflective of the self-determination of the curation of the weekend’s events. A national council of trans actors, directors, educators, performance artists and designers curated the selection of offerings to be included. The effort was led by Jay Owen Eisenberg, Mixed Blood’s Trans Organizer, who runs Mixed Blood’s local Trans Advisory Council all year.
Three plays offer three complementary prisms to trans theater: one written by a trans playwright with a cast including gender nonconforming actors; one that revolves around a central trans character written by a cisgender Latino playwright; and one by a cisgender playwright with a cast of trans and gender nonconforming actors with a trans-inclusive metaphorical theme.
ON OUR OWN TERMS programming and schedule are as follows:
Sensitive Guys by MJ Kaufman
April 28 at 5:00PM
In the safe spaces of a small liberal arts college, the student-led Men’s Peer Education Group and women’s Survivor Support Group work together on an ambitious plan to eradicate all sexual violence everywhere in just five years. They’ve got it all together — until an incident throws their ideals into question. The reading of this 95-minute social satire demonstrates complicity and what it really takes to face the patriarchy.
Mermaid Hour: ReMixed by David Valdes Greenwood, Music by Eric Mayson Directed by Leah Anderson
April 28 at 9:00PM and April 29 at 2:00PM
An NNPN Rolling World Premiere chamber musical exploring the gender continuum through the prism of a pre-pubescent transgender biracial girl. Working class parents Pilar and Bird face their opposing parenting styles, the cracks in their marriage, and their own fears as they navigate their daughter’s gender transition. Meanwhile, she navigates puberty, her first crush, and the possibility that YouTube holds all the answers.
No Bull by Bennett Fisher Directed by Genevieve Bennett
April 28 at 2:00PM
When Bell announces to her parents she isn’t a girl, but a bull, they decide the most humane solution is to trap her inside of a labyrinth. No Bull is an allegorical comedy about being ready to become who you really are, even when the people around you might not be ready just yet. No Bull is not just a play for young audiences, but for families, performed by a cast of 8-9 trans and gender nonconforming actors.
Salon: The Roles We Play: Building A Better Model for Transgender Inclusivity and Accessibility in the Theatre Led by Jay Owen Eisenberg and Cat Hammond
April 28 at 12 noon
How can we examine past and current models of trans-inclusive theater to build a more effective model for the future? What does it mean to be trans-conscious in your season programming, casting practices, and community engagement? In this discussion, theatre artists Jay Owen Eisenberg and Cat Hammond will facilitate conversation around active allyship and best practices that can more meaningfully engage transgender and gender nonconforming artists, arts administrators, and audience members. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical context of transgender presence in the performing arts, at a national and regional level, and will discuss Mixed Blood Theatre’s ongoing commitment to creating an artistic home for members of the transgender community.
On Our Own Terms has received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and National Endowment for the Arts.