(15/16 March 2018)
This version of my Beard represents the start of a new chapter in my life. An official expat of the USA now, I am living with my husband in Manchester and beginning to plant roots as a performance artist and yoga teacher.
I loved being able to come back to Interplay, the stage where I proposed to my now husband just over a year earlier, and to work with the amazing Claire Marie Seddon again!
In this version I felt like we were able to incorporate elements of audience engagement/interaction that, in my opinion, gives the story a stronger purpose or "reason for being."
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
(7 July 2017)
Needing to leave your hometown in order to be "free" and to "come out" is something that a lot of queer individuals feel they have to do --I did FOR SURE! And it worked for me.
Equally as important, I have found that going back home as my "liberated" self to be a challenging, vital and healing process.
Performing my show in Colorado was a part of this process for me. It was a truly surreal and special moment to have family and childhood friends in the audience (and my little niece and nephew!).
(8 Dec 2016)
It was the end of 2016 and I had been visiting Manchester for 3 months. My boyfriend and I had been long distance for four years at this point and we had reached a point in our relationship where a decision needed to be made.
Literally on the last night of my trip I performed this version of my Beard and at the end of the show I brought him on stage and proposed to him. The trajectory of my life changed in an instant!
The Tank NYC
(8 July 2016)
This was a special set of performances for me because it was the first time that I had written a relatively solid script. Previous to this it was a bit of a combination of structure and winging it.
For myself and ESPECIALLY my wonderful director Artem this took my Beard to another level and gave us the chance to utilise the rehearsal process more effectively! And we were able to do it for three consecutive nights so that gave us three different audiences to play off of. LOVED THIS FESTIVAL :)
Jack Space BKLN NY
(28-30th Jan 2016)
Philly Fringe Festival
11 Performances. 4 Venues. 3 Neighbourhoods.
Philly Fringe was amazing, hilarious and altogether a wild ride. With Artem, we performed my Beard 11 times in 4 different venues throughout the city giving us this almost tour vibe within the festival.
The venues were all very different: A gay bar, a dance space, an echoey upstairs hall with a grand piano, and the furniture section of the Philly AIDS thrift store. Tailoring the story to each environment was a challenge in and of itself --we learned a lot and we had a great time with it!
Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Huge Theater
OMG, this Festival was everything. The good, the bad and the awkward.
With Artem as Director and producer, we hopped in his car and from Brooklyn to Minneapolis we drove! On our way we stopped in Chicago where I proceeded to roll my ankle very badly outside of a frozen yogurt joint. LONG story short: I'm a dumbass.
The whole festival I was on crutches and performed my Beard with a cute little limp. This gave me the insight to not be such a dumbass in the future AND to not rely on my tendency toward physical comedy.
It was here at Minnesota fringe that I had to take a REAL look at my script (the non existent one) and start to put the pen to page.
Every show was a bit different. I was adding and subtracting things all over the place. Poor Artem took it like a champion and in the end the festival was pretty dang successful and we both learned A LOT.
Under St. Marks Theatre
THE FIRST EVER VERSION of my Beard. It was... a show. It had heart dammit but it was pretty random I'm not going to lie.
It had been a long time dream of mine to put on a solo show so the fact that I put it on at all made it a success. If I could distill the writing process down to a movie montage you would see that the STRUGGLE WAS REAL and that the only evil force at work was my own self doubt.
If I hadn't had Artem as the natural cheerleader he is, I'm not sure if I could have overcame some of those dark moments.