They, Themself and Schmerm
Written and performed by Becca Blackwell
Co-Presented with PICA's Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
September 8, 2017 – September 11, 2017
Part standup comedy special, part teen zine confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca's disturbingly hilarious personal tale of identity, abuse, sexuality and gender. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll question what bathroom to use.
"A singular sensation!" — New York Theatre Review
“I went into They, Themself, and Schmerm weirdly expecting Blackwell to attempt to summarize their trans experience but instead, Blackwell opens their story up until we the audience can fit inside with them.”
-Suzette Smith, The Portland Mercury
“…bust-a-gut funny, make-you-cry moving, and one of the most compassionate pieces of theatre I've ever seen.
-Krista Garver, Broadway World Portland
Man With A Vagina Makes Patriarchy Crumble: A Conversation With Becca Blackwell
-Daniel Lyons, Huffington Post
Stanley Kowalski Isn’t Polish Anymore: Becca Blackwell on the Making of They, Themself and Schmerm
-Jess Barbagallo, The Brooklyn Rail
"They, Themself, and Schmerm is – to my mind – an affirmation of value attained via an acceptance of a tangled life spent coloring outside the lines. And it is an affirmation that feels important to witness."
"Blackwell is remarkable in their ability to be opinionated and forceful, while being open, conscientious, and curious at the same time."
-Russell Janzen, Medium
"...despite your strict warning that nothing you said should inform our understanding of the LGBT community, your audience emerged from the theater last night with a greater awareness of a sociocultural transformation underway..."
-Amber Power, BOMB Magazine
"Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm sucker punches its way out of the one-person show genre, gifting the audience not only VIP access to the life of a talented trans actor, but also an education."
-Sarah Matusek, New York Theatre Review
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. Recently seen in Erin Markey’s tour of A Ride on the Irish Cream and Richard Maxwell’s Samara. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015.
More information about the show HERE.