Former Seattleite Returns With Drama & Comedy Exposing Gaps In Regional Queer Support

Former Seattleite Returns With Drama & Comedy Exposing Gaps In Regional Queer SupportThe award-winning international touring writer/performer, Ren Lunicke, is coming hot off the heels of Victoria Fringe Festival with an award for BRAVEST SHOW of 2018 for BLOOD RELATIVE. This is after a prodigious nomination for a Development Award in New Zealand for the same play, and several awards for "Ze": queer as f*ck! over the past two years.

The two autobiographical shows by the prominent Cascadian Kiwi feature themes of diversity, belonging, and resiliency in tough times and the positive reviews are flying in.

These shows will be coming to the Seattle public for the first time as part of a West Coast 'Belonging Tour' stretching from Victoria, BC to Los Angeles and Hawaii. Performing a limited engagement September 25th through 29th at 18th & Union, 1406 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98118, USA

These two highly complementary shows include Part I: BLOOD RELATIVE, a wry dramatic work about love, loss, the limits and power of biological kinship, and the potential to build family beyond all expectations ala the "It Gets Better" project.

Part II is "ZE:" queer as f*ck! a late-night dark comedy about the sex, gender, and one queer's parade of labels and identities on their way to PRIDE. Both performances feature local Seattle and international references.

*Ren identifies as trans non-binary and so uses they/them or ze/zir pronouns except when referring to their former self pre-transition "she/her."

SHOW #1 - Blood Relative

In their play BLOOD RELATIVE, Ren ruthlessly exposes the ongoing mythology about biological family and the swing in "all-or-nothing" relationships when the Hallmark version of "happy family" disappoints.

In this dramatic and humorous re-telling, Ren narrates and enters into scenes from their former life as "Michelle," a newly Canadian-married lesbian caught between the modern ideals of a diverse and loving "chosen family," the normative assertion that nuclear family is the most important, and an ongoing desire to be part of a legacy.

While evaluating a painful fertility disease and the possibility of any future children, Michelle receives the call from her right-wing evangelical mother, that Michelle's loving grandmother is dying. In the overlapping time between care-taking the last of one generation and facing the limitations surrounding any future generations, Michelle must decide which definition of family she can depend upon to create family for herself.

Ren looks back with humor and wit to connect, mourn, and remember their power in the ongoing journey to ensure that "family will always be there."

Written and Performed by Ren Lunicke

Original Production directed by Stuart Devenie

Family Tree Photo by Megan Bowers-Vette

Warning: Recommended 12+ for dramatic intensity.

Dates & Times:
Tuesday, September 25th
7:30pm - 8:40pm

Wednesday, September 26th
7:30pm - 8:40pm

Discount (Students & Seniors): $10
Full Price: $15
Note: buying a ticket to BLOOD RELATIVE will entitle you a $10 discount password for a ticket to "ZE": queer as f*ck!

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SHOW #2: "Ze": queer as Fuck!

"Ze": queer as ****! is a dark comedy about sex, gender, and the expanding parade of labels and identities Michelle/Ryan (now Ren) claims on zir way to pride. (*ze/zir are early days gender neutral pronouns)

"Ze" had its global premiere in Perth, Australia in 2016, where it was nominated for a Comedy Award, and has since toured to sold-out audiences in every country and winning awards for its unique brand of comedy and level of artistic risk with new content for the stage. Trans non-binary identities have only continued to rise in awareness since then.

In this international queer origin story, Michelle/Ryan (now Ren) rips the bandage away from zir startling puritanical upbringing and is catapulted by zir experiences through a complex and surprising "coming out" process as a genderqueer, kinky, femmesexual, polyminded, gay-divorcée. Along each step of the way ze discovers each new beloved community is at times just as ridiculous and pigeon-holed as the one ze's just left.

Part theatre, story-telling, and stand-up, Ren both uses and parodies the labels meant to help an individual embrace their truth in a modern world desperate for definition. "Ze" brings the audience along a rarely told journey of gender fluidity and micro-identities in a PRIDE-worthy celebration that exposes the tension between being authentic to oneself and belonging to one's community.

Co-presented by Zir Productions and 18th & Union

Written and Performed by Ren Lunicke

Original Production directed by Peter Larsen

Scream Photo by Virginia Guy

Warning: Recommended 18+ for coarse language and explicit sexual reference

Dates & Times:
Friday, September 28th
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Saturday, September 29th
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Discount: $15
Full Price: $20
Give a Little More: $25

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