Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional.
They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca Blackwell’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?” Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic in these meat carcasses.
Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour.
Written and performed by Becca Blackwell
Directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman
In collaboration with Jill Pangallo and Jess Barbagallo
“A charisma machine… Totally hilarious.” — Kathleen Hanna, Artforum
“A seasoned artist who’s smart enough to know that an honest personal performance can pack a political and consciousness raising wallop.” — BOMB Magazine
“It would have taken me two years of focus groups to make being molested that funny.” — Young Jean Lee