Press Release – Michelle-Ryan Arts
28 February, 2017 – for Immediate Release
Notice: (“Ze” is a gender neutral pronoun for she/he, “zir” is a gender neutral pronoun for him/her. Please use ze/zir or they/them.)
“Ze”: queer as fuck! is a dark comedy about sex, gender, and the expanding parade of labels and identities Michelle/Ryan claims on zir way to pride.
In this international queer origin story, Michelle/Ryan rips the bandage away from zir startling American Puritan 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 is just as ridiculous and pigeon-holed as the one ze’s just left.
Part theatre, story telling, and stand-up, Michelle/Ryan 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.
Presented by Michelle/Ryan, written and performed by Ren Lunicke, and directed by Peter Larsen, “Ze”: queer as fuck! has toured successfully in Australia, Canada, the US, and New Zealand. It has been nominated for best comedy at Fringe World in Perth, won “best use of an awkward silence” in Toronto, an “artistic risk” award in Vancouver, and has enjoyed rave reviews and sold-out audiences in every country.
“Ze” is Ren Lunicke’s second autobiographical show and returns to Dunedin for a full season as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Zir stand-up comedy show I’m an Apache Attack Helicopter: a trigger-happy preview will also be making its debut as a part of Fringe this year.
Play Dates & Times:
Tuesday, 14 March, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, 15 March, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, 16 March, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, 17 March, 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday, 18 March, 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Fortune Theatre – 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin
For Tickets W: http://www.dunedinfringe.nz T: (03) 477 3350
Contains coarse language and explicit sexual references, 18+