September 22-24, 2016 | FemFest Winnipeg –
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We’re bringing Miss Understood to Winnipeg as part of Sarasvàti Productions’ FemFest. FemFest is an annual festival of plays by women, for everyone!
It’s been a long journey for this transwoman, from life as a middle-class husband and father to the turmoil of a gender-identity crisis to the Downtown Eastside where she lived as a drug-addicted sex worker. But now is the moment of her triumph. She is a spoken word artist, and when she speaks you’ll be riveted.
This interdisciplinary performance, written with and directed by James Fagan Tait, covers a life of pain: the oppression of queer identity by society, the dangers of sex work and the misery of addiction. It takes a special kind of strength to break through such obstacles, and Rea’s spirit radiates from the stage as we hear her words. They are words of anger, fear, passion, humour and hope. Rea began writing poetry while working the streets as a way of coping. Now it is her art, to be heard by the world and, maybe, to help change it.
Nadeem Phillip replaces Austin Eckert in this production. Bryan Kenney is the Production Manager.
Miss Understood premiered in January 2016 at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver, BC. The show ran Jan 27-31 at Performance Works on Granville Island. Thank you to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for supporting this production through their arts-in-residence program.
Written by Antonette Rea with James Fagan Tait | Directed by James Fagan Tait | Featuring Austin Eckert, Antonette Rea & Starlise Waschuk | Choreography by Noam Gagnon | Costume Design by Carmen Alatorre | Sound Design & Composition by Candelario Andrade and Malcolm Dow | Videography by Candelario Andrade | Stage Management by Dorothy Jenkins | Production Management by Adam Beauchesne | Production Associate: Jonathan Seinen | Producer & Dramaturge: Chris Gatchalian