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The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged
The truthful, the awkward, the poignant and humorous

A performance centered on the theme of female sexuality that aims to engage, educate and start a crucial dialogue on college campuses. Follow the experiences and intersections of seven diverse women as they look at topics such as following topics are explored: sexual health, hookup culture, sexual assault/grey area, LGBTQIA issues, partner communication, identity and more. (Run time 90 minutes with optional workshop extensions)

Appropriate for all ages, genders and sexualities but specifically geared towards college age audiences and is a perfect complement to freshmen orientation programs, gender/women’s studies events, student health programming, etc.

WHY BRING A PERFORMANCE TO CAMPUS ABOUT SEXUALITY?:

Since 1990, roughly twice as many articles have appeared on male sexual orientation as on female sexual orientation.
– Lisa M. Diamond, Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire

Over half of all transgender students have been physically harassed in school because of their gender expression.
– GLSEN Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools

One in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college.
– The Campus Sexual Assault Study, 2007

WHAT OUR AUDIENCES ARE SAYING:

“I cried on the subway the first night I saw it. Just knowing people want to talk about this removes such a burden from me.” 
– Female Audience Member

“Every human should see this!” 
– Male Audience Member

“Asexuality? That’s a thing?? I think that’s me! Thanks…” 
– Audience Member

“The show was a total game-changer. Thanks for making me think.”
– Female Audience Member

“I have never been so entertainingly educated about female sexuality as I was tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned quite a bit along the way.”
– Male Audience Member

WHO:

The 9 people in our cast range from ages 20-70 and come from many different economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our show and cast are inclusive of lesbian, bisexual and queer women as well as trans people. Each performer brings a special identity/experience/perspective to the show and while we can’t represent everyone, we do our best to offer a variety of perspectives

OPTIONS:

In addition to bringing the performance piece to your school, you have the option of adding on supplemental workshops for your student body.

1.) Post-Show Sex Education Workshop – Students will be actively engaged in a dialogue about female sexuality led by our performers and directors who are highly trained teaching artists and sex educators. By using the performance content as a starting off point, we can discuss a variety of topics and avoid the vulnerable, potentially awkward and uncomfortable vibe from traditional sex education workshops. We can focus on whatever topics are of most interest to your student body. For example: STI’s, partner communication, LGBT issues, trans issues and inclusive language, race and sexuality, etc.

2.) Devised Theatre Workshop – Directors Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan are happy to offer workshops in devised theatre (the process of creating theatre without a script using the ideas, experiences and opinions of the people in the group) to a class of under 30 students. Extensive theatre training isn’t needed for this unique and cutting edge theatre form. The students will learn how to create engaging, ethical pieces of theatre based on issues of their choice.

3.) Scene Incorporation – Maggie and Rachel will direct a team of under 10 students in a devised theatre scene to be incorporated into the culminating performance of The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged. Using techniques and styles similar to the creation of the show itself, students will be offered a first-hand scene creation and performance experience on the subject of female sexuality.

WHERE:

The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged traditionally performs in an auditorium/theatre space but can be modified to fit others types of non-traditional performance spaces.

More specific tech specs provided upon request.

HOW/WHEN:

Call or email us to discuss details. Pricing is dependent on travel distance and number of performances/supplemental workshops. (646) 591-7051 / email us.