The Only Story I Can Tell Is My Own, A One-Man Show with Eleven Women

Privileges based on class, race, and gender are generally so entrenched in the culture that they can become invisible. The only way to reveal or draw attention to them is to somehow turn a thing on its head. Or in the case of The Only Story I Can Tell Is My Own, a new performance-art project by Billy Mullaney, intensify it as if under a magnifying glass. For the piece, which is about privilege, ethics, desire, and performance, Mullaney cast 11 women in a one-man show. Before you see it, however, you'll need to make an appointment where you'll get a run-down on the process of creating the piece, which has involved collaborators filling out surveys on what they would and would not be willing to do onstage and during rehearsal. For example, none of the women agreed to perform nude onstage, but some said they would offstage while Mullaney, who would be onstage, watched. The piece should get some blood boiling, but perhaps also stir up questions of how power works, especially within the construct of creating theater. Call 612.599.5649 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot and arrange your pre-performance appointment. The show begins at the door to the theater. (Photo by Melissa Hesse)
Mon., July 16, 10 p.m., 2012

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