Bishop Arts Theatre Center 23 year anniversary season will be modified to include In The Tall Grass, a verbatim play by British playwright Paul Kalburgi to be produced and performed September 14 – 24, 2017. In The Tall Grass takes the place or BATC’s annual PlayPride Series to bring awareness and a voice to the Transgender community at large. Executive Director, Teresa Coleman Wash, comments, “In light of our current political climate, In The Tall Grass is very timely and necessary. A project like this very seldom comes along in a theatre’s lifespan. We couldn’t ignore this moment in time.”
In The Tall Grass is written in response to the murder of Shade Schuler, a 22 year old African American transgender woman whose decomposed body was found dumped in a field in the Medical District of Dallas in July of 2015. Shade’s story is set against the backdrop of wider atrocities across the US, which saw at least 23 trans or gender-nonconforming individuals murdered in 2015 alone – more than the total number of trans murders than in any other year that advocates have recorded. In the wake of Shade’s murder, the play focuses on a community who was left asking ‘Why?’, and fearing who could be next. Told through first-hand testimonies of transgender women of color in Dallas, In The Tall Grass explores the circumstances which force many of them to exist in the underworld – ignored by society, cut off from support and legal systems; and condemned for what is ironically known as 'survival sex work'.
*For mature audiences only. Contains adult language and situations not suitable for young audiences.
*Playwright is available for interview or comments on request. Contact Paul Kalburgi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets: $18 advanced sale (at least 3 hours before curtain)
$22 at the door
$15 group sales for groups of 15 or more. Contact Sergio Antonio Garcia at 214-948-0716 or via e-mail at email@example.com for bookings.
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www.bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series to purchase online