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

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