Trans Actor Brings Captivating One-Person Show To Joe's Pub

A new one-person show coming to Joe's Pub from acclaimed trans actor Becca Blackwell, dealing with sexuality, gender, family, identity and child abuse, all in laugh-out-loud fashion. Don't believe me? Playwright Young Jean Lee said of They, Themself and Schmerm (the noise cis-normative folk make when floundering for a pronoun: she...he...hrmmm) "It would have taken me two years of focus groups to make being molested that funny."

Part classic standup comedy special and part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themselves and Schmerm is Becca's disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, "How do I become a man and do I even want that?" From learning the hard way that you need a penis to pee standing up, to engaging in a love affair at the mental ward, Becca captivates audiences and allows them to discover for themselves the absurdity of gender ideologies. In short, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder what bathroom to use.

Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun "they," Becca is an NYC-based actor, performer and writer, and recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. They penned this solo show after being inspired by a self produced video by Corey Haim called Me, Myself and I, and the final product is the result of collaboration with Jill Pangallo and Jess Barbagallo and was directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman.

If February 22nd doesn't work, you can also catch a performance on January 12th or 13th at The Wild Project as part of the SFX Festival as part of the Special Effects Festival (SXF) onFriday, January 12th at 8pm and Saturday, January 13th at 2pm. SXF is curated by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson and samples the diversity and richness of the discipline of performance and presents an open forum for critical thinking on the issues of the day.

Becca Blackwell: They, Themself and Schmerm
Thursday, February 22nd

Joe's Pub at the Public
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Doors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm
Advance price $12, door price $15

To purchase tickets, visit:

For additional information visit or call (213) 539-8500.

Friday, January 12th at 8pm and
Saturday, January 13th at 2pm
The Wild Project195 E 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

General admission $25.00

To purchase tickets, visit:

For additional information visit or call (212) 228-1195.

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