Performer/playwright Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) swaps out Carla Rossi for another icon and another kind of drag: Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist satirist, playwright, and author of the SCUM Manifesto. Incorporating text from both the manifesto and her unproduced play Up Your Ass, plus monologue, song, and pre-recorded as well as live-feed video, Anthony tells the story of Valerie's life and death, and Anthony's own relation to her as an artist. Along the way Anthony addresses ahistorical reads of Solanas as a trans-exclusionary radical feminist, situates her arguments for an all-female society within contemporary queer theory, questions the ethics of performing in drag as a woman who hated men (and, sometimes, drag), and briefly touches on the day she shot Andy Warhol in 1968. Part biography, part failed reenactment, and part love song, Up Her Ass is a tribute to a brilliant queer thinker - historically maligned as a madwoman and failed assassin - whose life and legacy demands to be rediscovered, reevaluated, and remembered more than ever in the era of Trump.
CONTENT WARNING This show discusses sexual assault, gun violence, and mental illness
This event is sponsored by the Reed Theatre Department, the Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Division of the Arts Speaker Fund. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Greenwood Theatre is located on the north end of the west parking lot off SE 28th Ave.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00pm
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
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