Aug 25, 2012

Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps

"Like some sexually ambiguous Scheherazade, ... Schofield comes across more as a loveable neighborhood kid bursting with energy and insight than an agenda-waving political zealot. Bottom line: [Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps is] one of the year’s most essential theater experiences." - Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In "Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps," Scott Turner Schofield employs multimedia storytelling, silk fabric acrobatics, and audience participation to reveal just a few of the 127 stories that compose the life of a guy who just happens to have been born a girl.

Irreverent and dynamic, graceful and playful, this one-person show engages the deep questions and the locker room jokes about what it means to become a man. Moving beyond the transgender narrative that focuses on the experience of transition, Schofield's stories explore the drama and hilarity of living a new life in the "opposite" gender.

"I changed my sex. Now what?"

The aerial dance component of the show brings a dynamism that pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling solo performance. Suspended at center stage by 20' length of blood red fabric, Schofield dances, climbs, hides, and seeks in a delicate choreography of brute strength and beautiful flexibility. The show's Choose Your Own Adventure format invites viewers to decide--live--which stories they will hear during each performance. Of course, you can't have all 127 stories in one night, and you never know what a performance artist might reveal....

Maybe it's the (necessary and fun) nudity, maybe it's the intimacy of the storytelling, or maybe it's the collaborative, improvisational style that keeps audiences returning to experience untold stories and the fresh interplay created every single night. Since its Seattle debut in October 2007, "Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps" has sold out every engagement, in venues of 50 to 300, from Miami to Anchorage and unexpected markets in between.

Technical Requirements

2 Company Members (Artist and Technical Director)
1 board operator required

Professional performance space, preferably configurable to a three-quarter thrust
1.5 day load-in
16' minimum ceiling at grid
Weight-bearing beam at center stage

Video projection capabilities
Contact Technical Director for light specifics

1 mattress - queen size minimum, NO air mattresses, 8" thickness minimum. 
6-8 seat and back sofa cushions (from base and back of sofa)
4-6 throw pillows
1 cardboard box per 2 shows

For further technical inquiries including lighting and sound specifics, please contact Matt Lawrence, vladmatt [at] yahoo [dot] com

Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie
a memoir written & performed
by Scott Turner Schofield
Price: U.S.$15.00
ISBN-10: 0-9785973-2-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-9785973-2-0

Homofactus Press
Two Truths and a Lie is a memoir passing as three solo plays written and performed by Scott Turner Schofield. From inside his young life on the Homecoming Court and Debutante Ball circuit (in a dress), armed with only a decoder ring and a gifted tongue, Schofield comes out with truly unbelievable stories of a body in search of an identity. By turns slapstick and slap-to-the-face, this drama invites audiences and readers to explore gender, sex, sexuality, and self in their own first person.

2009 American Library Association Rainbow List
2008 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Drama and Transgender Categories

"I am completely mad for Scott Turner Schofield. He is a thrilling, compelling, and downright charming writer and performance artist. And handsome. Did I mention handsome? And smart. Buy this book. Read it." - Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World

"A provocative and compelling storyteller, Turner helps us to look at gender in a new way, face our prejudices, and have fun while doing it." - Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

"Scott Turner Schofield's storytelling is so honest, his approach so unique, his style so unselfconscious and disarming, that his shows will have you wrapped around his pinkie in no time. I've seen this Southern gent win over the most jaded of New York theater audiences with one wry smile and a perfectly placed raised eyebrow. He's the real thing - and nothing less than a national treasure." - T Cooper, bestselling author of
Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes and Some of the Parts

"A bright, sharp and an important new performer in this country." - Tim Miller, Performance Artist

"A generous, tender, and brilliant walk through one man's becoming, Two Truths and a Lie is full of the kind of sweet and bold words that don't come along very often. All of us who've wished we could freeze time and savor the language of Turner's performance work may now rejoice." - S. Bear Bergman, author of
Butch Is a Noun and The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You

Technical Requirements for Reading

This is not a stodgy reading. An armchair with a small table by the side is preferred over a lectern. 

General wash with ability to dim for projections
1 Projector with cable of sufficient length to hook up to Apple laptop on stage.
1 Projector screen or blank wall

In-house amplification with cable of sufficient length to hook up to Apple laptop on stage.
1 microphone

Debutante Balls show & tech

Three Gala Balls, Two Southern Towns, One Leopard Print Dress.

Do YOU have the balls to be a Debutante?

"Debutante Balls" is a theatrical stand-up comedy dance through the fascinating culture of the Southern Debutante Ball. Schofield's wicked sense of self-aware humor and poetic sensibility guide us gently (or is that genteel-ly?) through the many ways he "came out" into Southern Society (as a lesbian, radical feminist, and finally, as a transgender man), poking fun at gender roles and sniffing the vapors of nostalgia gone-with-the-wind in these modern times. Applauded by Judith (Jack) Halberstam and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity alike, this is a generous, insightful, not-to-be-missed solo show.

"Blanche DuBois would have died." - Time Out New YorkFruitie Audience Choice Award for Off-Broadway Performance

Technical Requirements
Personnel: * 3 technical staff to run light and sound:
1 – on follow spot
1 – on light board
1 – on sound

Lighting: * 1 Follow spotlight. (May be substituted for white special on face at Center Stage, but this is not ideal)
* General lighting plot with distinct pools left, right, and center.
* 1 leko upstage center, pointed downstage center, into dress.
* 1 mirror ball (if available)

Sound: * CD player OR laptop connection.

Other: * Two gallons of sweetened iced tea each night
* See-through, restaurant-style pitchers for pouring
* Small Dixie Cups (they must be Dixie brand, please no cartoon characters) equal to # of tickets sold.
* 2 Ushers to pour on cue.
* 8'x4' platform, no more than 8” high, painted bright white
(this is ideal, but not a dealbreaker)