The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged

Q: How can I bring The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged to my school/theatre/community center?
A: Check out our Book Us page for more information on how to bring B&B to your community.

Q: Why do you keep saying “woman” and “trans people” Why not just say woman?
A: Gender is a really complex subject, there are women-identified individuals who were assigned male at birth, people who were assigned female at birth who do not identify as women and vice-versa. Often, the termonology used for these marvelous folks is “trans.” The term “trans” (short for transgender or transexual) can mean a lot of different things. The exact definition is always in flux, but some people define it as the state of ones gender identity (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching one’s assigned sex (identification by others as male, female or intersex based on physical/genetic sex.) It can also mean of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender roles, but combines or moves between these. If you want to learn more, check out our Resource Page for books and movies on the subject

Q: You’re working with women and trans people. But what about the guys?! Isn’t gender just a construct anyways?!
A: We’re hoping to examine all of these issues within the group. Why do we need spaces without men? When do they become problematic? How can we open our space to be inclusive of people of all genders? There are some awesome guys out there working for women’s lib, how can we include them in the process? What does the word “female” mean anyway?

Q: Fifteen people is a large group, but there’s no way you’ll be able to represent ALL the voices of women and trans people.
A: No matter how many people we survey, no matter how many people we talk to, there will ALWAYS be voices missing from the conversation. The show that we’re producing is not representative of ALL people, nor is it inclusive of everyone who is a woman or trans person. However, we hope that our (albeit limited) conversation can provide the spark to get those voice included in the conversation as well.

That said, we hope to include as many ideas, perspectives and opinions in the show as possible. We are doing a few things to help bring as many voices in to the process as we can. Our survey on female sexuality has been sent worldwide and received 2,000 responses! Finally, if you have a story or something important to say, please feel free to let us know!

Q: I’m confused about your process, will you have an actual script or is this an improv event?
A: “Devising” for us means that we don’t start our process with a script. Instead, we use the ideas, opinions and experiences of the people in our cast to create the show. As of October we will have a finalized script and the ensemble will be rehearsing actual lines and blocking. While we use improvisation during the process of creating the piece, the actual performance you see in October will be scripted.

Q: Are you all experts in the field of sexuality? What qualifies you to do this work?
A: While Rachel and Maggie have done extensive work about sex and sexuality, they don’t necessarily consider themselves “experts” in the field. Maggie works as a sex educator around the country and Rachel has worked with numerous groups focused on sex/uality. Our expertise however, does lie in working with people, listening to stories and thoughts and helping to craft them into a meaningful piece of theater. We believe that all women and trans people have a great deal to offer on the subject and feel that their opinions and thoughts can craft an important piece.

Q: Is there nudity or risque material in the piece?
A: Our goal in creating this performance is to create theater that examines the issues surrounding sexuality, rather than showing and illustrating sex on stage. There is no nudity in the show, but it is hard for us to give an age minimum for audience members. We welcome people as young as ten into the audience, but we realize this is an individual choice. If you are unsure about whether to bring your young person, and interested in knowing more about the specific content that will be covered in the show, please contact us and we will be able to answer specific questions.