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How to Have A Body
September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
by Gina Stella dell’Assunta
How To Have A Body is a solo theatrical show about the intersections of queerness and disability. Using storytelling, spoken word, ritual, and music, writer & cultural worker Gina Stella dell’Assunta explores the trials and joys of living in a queer disabled body. Consider this an invitation to intimacy; a call to arms; a rallying cry.
“At first, I lied to myself that the snapshot was neither a glamour selfie nor a thirst trap — no make-up, curls pulled into a messy pineapple atop my head, a comfortable old shirt & pajama pants that do not match, my body wrecked from too little sleep & curled fetal into a maroon blanket, every last nerve ending screaming at me. but who am I even trying to kid, here? pink ombré hair is glamour, purple ombré cat-eye glasses are glamour, fuchsia dip nails with galaxy accents are glamour, the rose quartz & hematite in my ears are glamour, resting in a sickbed I’ve had fabulous sex in is glamour, yesterday’s hard work & sweat & grit are glamour, last night’s song & dance & salt are glamour, hoping through tears for today’s pain to abate is glamour, pushing through that pain to finish this is glamour. see? I am tired, but I am right here. desire responds to desire. I want you to reach for my curled, crippled, still outstretched hand. sick & glamourous are never mutually exclusive.”
Bio of Performers:
Gina Stella dell’Assunta is a queer disabled writer, cultural worker, teacher, and performer from San Francisco. She’s performed and taught everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and her work is anthologized dozens of places, including Foglifter, Sex Still Spoken Here, The Revolution Starts At Home, Take Me There, and Coming & Crying. She is currently at work on How To Have A Body, a book of experimental prose and poetry about the intersections of queerness and disability; she is thrilled to debut new work from the forthcoming book at Gay City. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. You can find her online most everywhere as @queershoulder.