Press Kit

The Fully Functional Cabaret Northeast tour: April 5th-13th, 2013

All-trans-woman produced, full-length, theatrical engagement. A love letter to and from trans womanhood.

The Fully Functional Cabaret: Trans Women’s Secrets…REVEALED!
On tour April 5th-13th, 2013
www.thefullyfunctionalcabaret.com

April 6th: Swarthmore College
https://www.facebook.com/events/440386522696824/

April 7th: Kraine Theater, Manhattan (85 E 4th Street)
https://www.facebook.com/events/149473255221975/
(Tickets: http://thefullyfunctionalcabaretnyc.brownpapertickets.com/ )

April 8th: The Rotunda, Philadelphia, PA (4014 Walnut)
https://www.facebook.com/events/626921870657106/?context=create
(Tickets: http://thefullyfunctionalcabaretphilly.brownpapertickets.com/ )

April 10th: The People’s Arts Collective, New Haven, CT (212 College Street)
https://www.facebook.com/events/174583022692959/
(Tickets: http://thefullyfunctionalcabaretnewhaven.brownpapertickets.com/ )

April 11th: Smith College, Northampton, MA
https://www.facebook.com/events/513404932031894/

April 12th: Barnard College, New York City
https://www.facebook.com/events/541647999200658/

April 13th: Closing Party! Mini-performance at Hey Queen! in Brooklyn.
https://www.facebook.com/events/435636859851790/

Showtimes, ticket costs, venue addresses, and presale tickets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFullyFunctionalCabaret?fref=ts#!/events/484781074907223/

For interviews, booking, and further information, contact: andrea.m.danger@gmail.com

Visit our website: www.thefullyfunctionalcabaret.com

Unedited, not-for-press, sample footage available at: http://vimeo.com/album/1999817

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The Fully Functional Cabaret: Trans Women’s Secrets…REVEALED! is a love letter to and from trans womanhood. Produced collectively by seven trans women (Star Amerasu, Ryka Aoki, Crissy Corwin, Annie Danger, Red Durkin, Bryn Kelly, and Shawna Virago), this full-length theater piece follows the format of a vaudevillian cabaret. Fully equipped with cunning humor, wicked camp, and a sweet, penetrating earnestness, we take you well past the skin-deep secrets everybody knows and straight to the bone-deep truths we live every day.

The Fully Functional isn’t just trans sisters telling it how it is, it’s a shining piece of community theater designed to read clearly to a diverse audience and, ultimately, to remind us: everyobody’s Benjamin is hairy.

The Fully Functional was produced in 2012 with assistance from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Queer Cultural Center, and the National Queer Arts Festival. The production premiered in July, 2012 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as the final act of the National Queer Arts Festival 2012.

The show runs approximately 75 minutes. The production includes audience take-homes, deep interactivity, and a live Foley artist.

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Bios:

Annie Danger (Emcee) is a multidisciplinary performing artist hunting the perfect hybrid. She is a trans woman born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and rooted in the SF Bay Area twelve years strong. Deeply interested in art that pulls its own weight, Danger tinkers with hearts and minds, using her razor wit to alter cultural archetypes and sidle profundity right up next to you before you ever see it coming. Her work is cunning in its use of humor and sweetness to put the ‘active’ back into ‘interactive art’.

Danger has performed nationally and internationally in theaters, colleges, bars, galleries, and the streets. She has toured with Sister Spit, performed in The Fresh Meat Festival, and is a regular presence at the National Queer Arts Festival. In addition to the Fully Functional, she is working in collaboration with Keith Hennessy on Trojan X, a full-sized trojan horse to be unleashed on the streets of San Francisco this coming fall.

Star Amerasu (Vanessa, Specimen), like Aphrodite rose from the sea in shower of foam. She has graced the people of this realm, with her talents of Singing, Dancing and Acting. From that moment. She has been seen in regional and community theatres around America.  She is producer of 14 Black Poppies youth performance showcase.

Ryka Aoki (Selina, Doctor) is a writer, performer and musician who has worked with Fresh Meat, the Tranny Roadshow and the National Queer Arts Festival. Ryka is author of Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines (RADAR Publications), and Seasonal Velocities (Trans-Genre Press). Her work also appears in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Transfeminist Perspectives. She is the writer/director/producer of In Search of Geishaghost, a solo show commissioned by the Morphologies Festival in Minneapolis, MN.

Brooklyn-based writer, vlogger and comedian, Red Durkin (Harry Benjamin, Marge), is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com. She has toured extensively with the Tranny Roadshow, written 9 zines, and performed nationwide. Her writting has been featured in Punk Planet magazine and will appear in Topside Press’s flagship release, The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vangaurd. Her work on Youtube has been translated into several languages and show in college classrooms. Her first novel, Ready, Amy, Fire, will be released by Topside Press in the summer of 2013.
Bryn Kelly (Teddie, Daryl/Sarah) is a New-York based writer and performing artist of Appalachian extraction. She was a cofounder of the multimedia performance collective Theater Transgression, and regularly hosts the Gay Ole Opry, a queer country music showcase. Find out more about her current and past projects at www.brynkelly.com.

Shawna Virago (Cookie, Drill Sergeant)  is celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. She composed original music for choreographer Sean Dorsey’s acclaimed dance work Uncovered: The Diary Project. Virago’s writing appears in Gender Outlaws: Next Generation, Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, and Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary. She is Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival.

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Reviews:

“A *spectacular* show…called “The Fully Functional Cabaret,”…features some of my very favorite trans women performers!” –Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007 )

“Oh my god, every single minute of this!  I’m so sad that I didn’t get to see this, it was so beautiful and powerful and funny and heartbreaking and affirming and empowering and everyone should watch the whole thing but particularly trans ladies and those of us who love them.” –Jackson Radish, Queer Impressario/blogger

“Transsexual performance artist Annie Danger is smart and weird. These qualities are requirements for being a good performance artist, but let’s set that aside. At faux-professional motivational seminar It’s That Easy!, Danger’s Terry VanWeen (pronounced “van-veen”) brings together elements that, left on their own, would avoid each other: radical left-wing activism and khaki pants. In Danger’s capable hands, however, these natural enemies make comedy and genuine inspiration….Smart. Weird.”  –The SF Weekly review of It’s That Easy! (2010), by Annie Danger

“Who’s the superbusy M-to-F artist and activist stirring up trouble with the mighty force of a Dust Devil — the one they call Annie Danger? She’s sketched flora and fauna for environmental manifesto Dam Nation (Soft Skull Press, 2007), appeared as a blackjack-playing nymph in a shit-stirring Greywater Guerillas performance, dressed like a wizard at a recent Gender Pirates party, and just played Pony Boy in a queered-up “Outsiders.”…you can see her as Sister Wendy, the wimpled PBS art nun, in her video for “Untold Stories: Visual and Performative Expressions of Transwomen.” In a rare occurrence, you can meet Annie Danger as herself at the National Queer Arts Festival’s edgy “TransForming Community” spoken word event. Who she’ll be when she MCs Friday’s thrilling Trans March (www.transmarch.org) is anyone’s delightful guess.”  –The SF Bay Guardian, Hot Pink List 2009

Ryka Aoki was listed as one of “11 Trans Artists of Color You Should Know” on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kortney-ryan-ziegler-phd/11-trans-artists-of-color-you-should-know-in-2013_b_2422169.html?#slide=1833164)

Seasonal Velocities, even with the sharp and brutal chill of its winter, is or will be an iconic book—a book of complicated histories and alliances, of being an outsider amongst outsiders, a book of the coming together of things seemingly separate that were once one. If mud is the primordial state of creation—the leaping ground for seeds, creatures, civilizations—then Velocities is a bit of cold water trickling through the slowly warming ground, softening and enriching it—turning and turning, wings, words, the wind we make ourselves.” –Lambda Literary Review of Seasonal Velocities by Ryka Aoki

“The sex symbol laureate of the West Coast transgender music scene” –Eros Magazine on Shawna Virago

“Transgender songwriting goddess Shawna Virago…manages to channel Joe Strummer through a Candy Darling-like persona” –San Francisco Bay Times