WHEN GERTRUDE MET SUSAN
Conceived and Directed by Kay Turner. Performers listed below.
Saturday (2/20), 5:30pm, Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Rd.)
This Lesbian Literary Love Fest takes the form of a cat fight! Join Brooklyn-based and ex- Austinite performer, writer, professor, and Girls in the Nose singer, Kay Turner, as she emcees a showdown between Gertrude Stein and Susan Sontag to determine who’s hottest. Twenty hometown Austin Gertrude and Susan imitators square off on-stage for a hilarious competitive reading of Stein’s love notes to Alice and Sontag’s sexy journals to herself. Then the audience votes to decide which of these lesbian icons writes with the hottest pen! The NYC production resulted in a tie; San Fran queers voted Susan by 4 but balloting was tainted. We seek vicious partisans—devoted Gertrude fans and undying Susan supporters. Dress up! Wigs are de riguer: the pate or the pile with streak o’ gray.
When Gertrude Met Susan is one of Kay Turner’s recent queer pedagogy projects that lift queer texts off the page into the common space of performance and audience engagement. Lessons are otherwise learned….
Team Gertrude Stein: Arcie Cola, Ann Cvetkovich, Darcee Douglas, Laurie Eiserloh, Joy Brooke Fairfield, Hazey Fairless, Katy Hall, Sailor Holladay, Katy Koonce, Joanna Labow, Kathryn Miller, Lisa Moore, Susan Post
Team Susan Sontag: Sarah Bird, Madge Darlington, Laura Freeman, Pilou Miller, Rose Reyes, Paige Schilt, Beth Schindler, Sherry Smith, Adrienne Sneed, Emily Socolov, Sheri Tornatore, Lorelei Weitzel, Abe Louise Young
Lovers: Mary Sanger as Alice B. Toklas; Erica Nix as Annie Leibowitz
Tabulators: Anna Abraham and M Rocket
Musicians: Jenny Hoyston, Gretchen Phillips, MJ Torrance