Born This Way
Stories about Queer Culture in America
Show: Reston Community CenterDoors 2 PM / Show 3 PM Add to Calendar
SpeakeasyDC presents an afternoon of entertaining, thought-provoking, and exquisitely-crafted true stories that showcase a range of perspectives from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) community and their allies. From forbidden love, to fumbling "first times," and reflecting many quirky sub-cultures, all of the stories shed light on the challenges and triumphs that "queer" folks in America have endured and enjoyed. SpeakeasyDC's audiences laugh, cringe and - most of all - relate to the universal search for belonging and self-discovery. Strong language and sexual content. This performance is recommended for adults only. Featuring Regie Cabico, Tom Goss, Tanish Humphrey, Adele Hampton, Phill Branch, Jessica North Macie, Elizabeth McCain, and host Kevin Boggs. Directed by Kevin Boggs and Amy Saidman.
Phill Branch is an essayist, filmmaker and educator. Phill was a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Writers Fellow. He is a Teaching Artist and leads the Artists' Circle at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. When not physically writing, Phill is still writing in his mind and prefers to be left alone to do his work.
Storyteller and actor, Kevin Boggs has coached hundreds of individuals since becoming part of the SpeakeasyDC faculty in 2008. He "comes by storytelling naturally" since he grew up in Jonesborough, TN, the home of the National Storytelling Festival. His solo show -- & Afterwards -- was a popular and critical success at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival and he brings a sensibility to his teaching that helps each person tap into what will resonate most deeply with their audience.
Regie Cabico is the first openly queer and Asian American poet to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and has appeared on 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn's Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Academy Award nominees: Stanley Tucci & Jesse Eisenberg. He received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital in New York. As a former member of the New York Neo Futurists, he received three NY Innovative Theater Award nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, which won the 2006 Award for Best Performance Art Production. With Don Mike Mendoza, he also curates and co-hosts La Ti Do: A Weekly Cabaret & Spoken Word Series nominated by The Washington Blade as 2012 Best Theater Production and Broadway World's 2013 Best Cabaret Production.+ Learn More
Tom Goss is a guitar toting, power-pop prodigy hailing from Washington, DC. Goss’ music has been featured on ABC and HBO; his videos have topped the charts on MTV’s LOGO, and he has gained honors such as “Best Musician” by “The Washington Blade” two years running. Goss has built a reputation as an activist and spokesperson for the LGBTQ community. His four albums have allowed him to tell his unique story (Goss had once set his sights on becoming a priest) and tackle issues such as DADT and marriage equality.+ Learn More
Adele Hampton is a storyteller, poet, and lover of mason jars with roots planted in DC by way of upstate New York. She has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Busboys & Poets, and the Capturing Fire Spoken Word Festival. She is a Literary Death Match finalist and a member of Washington, DC's Beltway Poetry Slam Team..
Tanisha Humphrey is an actor and activist from Chicago, IL. She works as a communications consultant around issues of women's health and is very active in the LGBT movement. This is her first experience with storytelling.
Elizabeth McCain is a grief counselor, interfaith minister, energy practitioner, and storyteller in Takoma Park, Md. Come see her one woman show, "A Lesbian Belle Tells" at The Capital Fringe Festival in July. Hear OUTrageous porch stories only a lesbian belle can tell!+ Learn More
Jessica North MacieStorytellers
Jessica North Macie is an actor, playwright, teacher, and native of Washington DC. She is a company member with Crash of Rhinos Productions and Fully Charged Productions. Jessica’s plays have been produced at Crash of Rhinos, the Capital Fringe Festival, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Charter Theater. Jessica is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Actors Repertory Theater.
Amy Saidman, Artistic Executive Director of SpeakeasyDC, has been the driving force behind the growth of storytelling as a performance genre in Washington, DC and regionally. Called DC's "matriarch of storytelling", she's been running SpeakeasyDC's programs, telling stories, hosting, inventing new ways to present storytelling, building relationships with other local arts groups, and spreading the gospel since 2001. She began coaching and teaching storytelling in 2006 and, along with the SEDC teaching staff, has developed a curriculum and pedagogy for teaching the art of storytelling that includes more than five different classes at different levels and customized trainings for corporate, government, and nonprofit clients.