Theatrical Performer, Bible Scholar and LGBTQ Activist
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
With sparkling social commentary, Peterson Toscano, a bible scholar, an LGBTQ activist, and a skilled actor, will share excerpts from his original one-person comedies. These comedies include: Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, Jesus Had Two Daddies, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, and Does this Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat?
Tonight is the second evening of two performances. The first performance, Climate Change: What’s Faith Got to Do with It? is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Office of Community Service and Religious Life, Center for Sustainability Education and Office of LGBTQ Services.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Peterson Toscano is a theatrical performance activist using comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns. He spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting (and failing) to change his same-sex orientation. He is the author of one-person comedies including, Queer 101–Now I Know My gAy,B,C’s, Jesus Had Two Daddies, and Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, which chronicles his two years in “gay rehab” in Memphis, TN. With his play, Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible, Peterson has delighted diverse audiences and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship wrapped up in a performance. He is the host of the Climate Stew Show. His newest play, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? is a comedy about broken things and provides an LGBTQ response to climate change.