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The Return of the Singspiel: Kristine Haruna Lee

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Friday, October 5, 2012
- | Segal Theatre

War Lesbian

Kristine Haruna Lee

Photo by Sasha Arutyunova


When Sedna’s father finds out about a deep secret she’s been keeping from her family, he takes her out on a boat, chops her fingers off, and condemns her to live under the sea. Fingerless and alone, she must now face all the things that have been living down there… A play about being hungry, holes, vaginas, lesbians, eating and being eaten… amongst other things. Inspired by the rowdy and refreshingly queer pantheon of deities from Inuit mythology, War Lesbian will try to explore the word ‘lesbian’ in a post-‘lesbian’ world, and the many things it signifies, good and bad. What does it mean to be in a war against the word lesbian? What does it mean to be in a war against yourself?

Artists Involved: Created, directed and book/lyrics by Kristine Haruna Lee; composed and created by Katie Hathaway; musical direction by Solomon Hoffman; performed by Performed by Stevo Arnoczy, Andrew Butler, Jo Lampert, Kristine Haruna Lee, Cyndi Perzcek, and Jeanna Phillips, with Elizabeth Sun on violin and Sophia Sun on viola. Assistant directed by Lauren Swan-Potras.

Lead Artist: KRISTINE HARUNA LEE is an interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Taylor Mac, NAATCO, The Talking Band, Jim Neu, The Mettawee River Theater Company, Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hardknocks, Cathy Shaw, Yubiwa Hotel, Antony and the Johnsons, and with Andrea Geyer at the Whitney Biennial. Her plays have been presented at Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, 45th Street Theater and has been developed with Target Margin’s Lab Series, 2nd Generation, New Dramatists, The Movement Theater Company, and the Fresh Ground Pepper Performance Series. Lee is a 2010 recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship. Her plays include: TROIKA: A CONCERT-PLAY, THESE ROBES, THOSE ROBES, SHE’S SLEEP, and RED MOON APPEARING. She holds a B.F.A from New York University and will be entering her M.F.A playwriting candidacy with Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College in fall of 2012.



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