Honest Accomplice Theatre Will Present THE BIRDS AND THE BEES: UNABRIDGED at the Tank

By: Jun. 30, 2015
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Honest Accomplice Theatre's THE BIRDS & THE BEES: UNABRIDGED is currently on tour in the greater New York City area to build on the success of their NYC productions at University Settlement. THE BIRDS & THE BEES: UNABRIDGED explores the unique -- yet interwoven -- life circumstances of eight women & trans people forced to confront their own sexuality, realizing that sexuality itself is not simple or clear-cut. Through dialogue, movement, song, humor, and multimedia, the performance examines such themes as partner communication, sexual identity, the de-sexualization of aging women, today's "hook-up" culture, and sexual health.

"We want people to know that others out there recognize the complexity of modern female and trans sexuality, and to feel comfortable in challenging the conceptions society often defines for them," shares Honest Accomplice Theater co-founders Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan.

"This show touched on some very important and complex topics that are difficult to discuss and explain. The actors and actresses depicted some weighty scenarios with dignity and grace." - Judy Krinitz, Assistant Director of Student Life, Queens College

After debuting in Spring 2013 and receiving such positive response from the audience and community, "This play validates, stimulates with laughter and shows our deep humanity." (62-year-old female audience member), the show's creators decided to incorporate feedback in a second iteration of the show in October 2014. Keenan-Bolger and Sullivan attribute the audience's strong connection to the show's content to their unique approach in developing the performance. The creators drew from audience feedback, ideas from actors, and even the results of a 2,000-person survey to represent the real opinions of women and trans people. The show is currently touring to college campuses and making a one week only stop at The Tank.

Co-Created and directed by: Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan.

Featuring: Ashleigh Awusie, Maybe Burke, Jenne Carey, Ruth Cooper, Meggan Dodd, Cat Fisher, Molly Gallagher, Lindsay Griffin, Catherine Gowl, Jordan Ho, Stephanie Mallick, E. Okobi, Julia Osen Averill, Mary Parker, Riti Sachdeva, Holly Sansom, and Aubrey Seader.

Honest Accomplice Theatre is a non-profit with a mission to generate dialogue and stimulate change by focusing on topics that are often silenced, seen as shameful, or portrayed as one-dimensional. To deliver on this mission, Honest Accomplice Theatre produces work by the community, with the community, and for the community. The result is a group-created performance piece that embodies truthful characters, scenarios, and ideas. This creation of new art is vital to counteract mainstream work, which often ignores, or misrepresents the voices and interests of real people. Honest Accomplice Theatre's previous projects have centered on the themes of sex and sexuality, women's experiences in public spaces, self-injury, aging, and LGBTQPPIA youth homelessness. For more information visit HonestAccomplice.org.

Founded in 2003, The Tank is a Manhattan based non-profit arts presenter. Curating across all disciplines, The Tank provides an artistic home to both new and established artists who are engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Combining free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, discounted ticket prices and promotional support; the Tank brings quality programming to a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists. thetanknyc.org

The mission of VH THEATRICAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION is to create stimulating, original theater through the development of new work by playwrights, directors, producers and designers, and to educate emerging theatre professionals in the entire theatrical process from script development and production to casting and design. VH Theatrical Development Foundation is also committed to promoting, encouraging and creating opportunities for women in theatre. The VH Theatrical Development Foundation was created in 1999 by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, and has produced, among other plays, the Off-Broadway production of Gregory Murphy's The Countess, (which ran for 634 performances and was named one of the 10 Best Plays On or Off Broadway in the 1999/2000 Season) and the New York-Premiere production of Otho Eskin's Duet, which extended its run three times. We are currently devoted to developing the theatrical careers of new playwrights, such as celebrated novelist Laura Pedersen. www.vhtdfoundation.org



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