Eye Zen & CounterPULSE present (and CSC co-sponsors!): Homo File
As part of the National Queer Arts Festival
Written and Directed by Seth Eisen
MAY 30 - JUN 15, 2014 FRI and SAT at 8PM, SUN at 7PM
USE CODE CSC!! We will receive a portion of your ticket sale.
“[Homo File] sports a formidable narrative arc and aesthetic vision… ranging over dramatic scenes, aerial acrobatics, shadow puppetry, and even a hilariously lewd application of the old teacher’s standby, the overhead projector.”
- Rob Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Provocative…. Eisen… saw Steward’s starry-yet-checkered love life as a way of connecting him directly to an artistic lineage that’s often eclipsed by the latest, flashiest and splashiest.”
- Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle
Homo File is an interdisciplinary queer history performance—incorporating drama, aerials, live-drawing, puppetry, and live music—chronicling the life of Samuel Steward (1909-1993). Steward was a college professor of English literature, a prolific author of homoerotic fiction, an influential tattoo artist, and a queer sexual rebel who lived his last three decades in the Bay Area. His artistic development and queer self-identity evolved through friendships with Dr. Alfred Kinsey, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, George Platt Lynes as well as numerous other LGBTQ luminaries.
Steward and his circle helped shape contemporary queer culture despite the repressive climate in which they lived. Writer/Director Seth Eisen explains Steward’s vital place in 20th Century queer history. “Steward is one of the forgotten figures of queer history who refused to submit to social oppression, paving the way for future generations of Civil Rights advocates. Because he lived for almost 85 years and meticulously described every one of his sexual encounters in his notebooks, his prolific memoirs fill in many missing pieces of queer history during the pre-gay liberation era (1930 through 1969), a period when the vast majority of the nation’s LGBTQ community lived underground in fear of being outed, fired, jailed and socially ostracized.” Homo File Features: Brian Livingston, Katharine Otis, Michael Soldier, Ryan Hayes, Matthew Simmons, Rich Hutchison, Diego Gomez, Carlos Barrera, and Kip Lisette. In collaboration with: Jewlia Eisenberg, Brian Freeman, Buzz Bense, Kevin O’Connor, Cathie Anderson, Keriann Egeland, Josh McDermott, Casey Collins, Gary Ivanek, Terrance Graven, Max Urruzmendi, Mariana Olvera, Alec White, James Wilson, and Becky Robinson-Leviton.
For the full calendar of CounterPULSE events, click here.
The Queer Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Fund, The Hewlett Foundation, Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, Theater Bay Area, The Center for Cultural Innovation and The Creative Capacity Fund, Viracocha, Center for Sex and Culture, Modern Electric Studio, and the generosity of many individual donors.
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