Join us on select Saturdays for an in-depth panel discussion on the themes and topics of each show. This event is free to attend, reserve tickets ahead of time with the Box Office.
THE YIN AND YANG OF CULTURE AND GENDER
M. Butterfly is a love story that illuminates the ways we become victims of our own romantic fantasies. Truth is often shrouded by our reliance on dualistic thinking—masculine and feminine, east and west—which feeds stereotypes and shapes the decisions we make. Taking our cue from M. Butterfly, join a group of artists, educators and advocates whose work often turns turns received norms about culture, gender and race on their head.
Gavin Kolbi Hebert: Originally from New Orleans and now residing in Baltimore, Gavin Hebert has performed as Summer Knight since 2001. Summer has traveled the country performing with the nation's top Female Impersonators. With a quick acerbic tongue, Summer is known for being able to hold court with the most fickle drag enthusiasts. Gavin is an accomplished makeup artist in his own regard, working with the likes of Susan Lucci and cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In Baltimore, Gavin has become a go-to resource for other female impersonators—whether it be for makeup assistance to costume creations. As the reigning Miss Maryland UsofA, helping other aspiring artists goes with Summer's platform of "unity within the community."
Dr. Desireé D. Rowe is currently an assistant professor in communication studies at Towson University. She earned her interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Her work lives at the intersections of queer performance ethnography and feminist rhetorical perspectives on popular culture. She is widely published in periodicals such as Women and Language, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies. She recently wrapped up a tour of her solo auto-ethnographic performance, “Depressive Realism Is Why No Came to My 6th Birthday Party.”
Cori Dioquino is a Filipino-American actor, writer, teaching artist and third culture individual. A graduate of Towson University’s theater program, she has been working in the Maryland and DC areas for the last ten years as a performer and educator. As an actor, she has worked with companies such as Centerstage, The Studio Theatre, Cohesion Theatre, and Faction of Fools. She works as a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Maryland, Single Carrot Theatre, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater Program and the McKinnon Acting Studio’s Youth Division in Hyattsville. Her blog, "I Am Not A Ninja," which addresses Asian American identity in media, entertainment and the arts, is scheduled to officially launch at the end of September. For more information, go to www.CoriDioquino.com.