Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw

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    "With classic butch finesse---that handsome combination of vulnerability and toughness---Peggy Shaw pieces together the challenges of growing up butch in the 1950s. Shaw is an engaging performer and inspired writer."---Gay Community News Obie-award-winning performer and writer Peggy Shaw has been playing her gender-bending performances on Off Broadway, regional, and international stages for three decades. Co-founder of the renowned troupe Split Britches, Shaw has gone on to create memorable solo performances that mix achingly honest introspection with campy humor, reflecting on everything from her Irish-American working-class roots to her aging butch body. This collection of Shaw's solo performance scripts evokes a 54-year-old grandmother who looks like a 35-year-old man in her classic Menopausal Gentleman; a mother's ambivalent ministrations to a daughter she treated like a son in the raw You're Just Like My Father; Shaw's love for her biracial grandson, for whom she models masculinity in the musically punctuated To My Chagrin; and a mapping of her body's long, bittersweet history in the lyrical Must: The Inside Story, a collaboration with the UK's Clod Ensemble. The book also includes a selection of Shaw's other classic monologues and an extensive introduction by Jill Dolan, Professor of English and Theater and Dance at Princeton University and the blogger behind The Feminist Spectator website. A volume in the series Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/PerformanceCover photos by Eva Weiss top and Robin Holland/robinholland.com bottom.

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    Number of Pages: 216
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780472116478
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    Listed in: from c 1960, Performance art, Individual artists, art monographs, Theatre: individual actors & directors
    Publisher: The University of Michigan Press

    Books by Peggy Shaw

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