Tomboy Survival Guide is part anthem, part campfire story, and part instructions for the dismantling of the gender stories we tell ourselves and each other. Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band invite the audience to join them as they navigate the narrow halls of public washrooms, skirt the treachery of growing up under the threat of being picked to be a flower girl at their aunt’s wedding, triumph over tying a double Windsor knot, and discover the beauty in realizing they were handsome, not pretty, all along.
Tomboy Survival Guide is the music and story-driven collaboration of award winning writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote, the hummingbird high-energied drummer and percussionist Sally Zori, the mellifluous basslines of Pebbles Willekes, and the subtle and graceful tinkerings of trumpet player Alison Gorman. These four fast friends and fellow tomboys have been locking themselves in a small dim room once a week all winter to craft this world premier of their full-length show. Blending story, lyric, music, soundscape, memory and maybe even the odd elementary-school photograph, Tomboy Survival Guide is a live stage experience that defies gender and genre boxes with the same compassionate defiance and fearless and tender truth-telling that Ivan Coyote has been bringing to their work for nearly two decades of publishing and performing.
Special guest performers include Veda Hille & Kinnie Starr.
Doors open at 7pm. Show starts 8pm.
This show is All Ages (the balcony will be reserved for audience members 18 and younger while alcohol will be allowed on the ground level). It may contain strong language, controversial issues, and words that make you re-evaluate your life. General seating. Advance tickets are NOT mailed out; they can be picked up at the Will Call station at the venue. Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 7pm. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be interpreting the presentation for the audience.