Many who have seen the show agree. “The Big Fat LGBT Show of Shows presents important information about sexual orientation and gender identity with humor, fun, and energy,” said Steve Houldsworth of St. Louis Effort for AIDS, “It is the best ‘diversity workshop’ you could bring in this year.” Attorney and lesbian mother Nina Balsam, from One Saint Louis said, “It is a great way to learn more about LGBT people; painless and entertaining.”
New City School has an Evening Diversity Committee comprised of teachers, board members and parents and sponsors an annual Spring Diversity event, said Sheryl Reardon, a teacher and the diversity coordinator from NCS. “These are efforts to strengthen and build bonds within our school community, raise awareness and foster respect. When a past committee member learned about Uppity’s production, the committee thought it sounded great and our LGBT Parent Group wanted to be involved.”
Attendees will enjoy appetizers, the show and dessert and an informal conversation with the cast which includes Bill Finkbiner, Sara Hamilton, Joan Lipkin, Theresa Masters and Ed Selvey IV. Some audience members may recall Hamilton and Masters from Uppity’s recent production, The State of Marriage.
The Big, Fat LGBT Everything You Need to Know Show of Shows is a 50-minute fun and fact-filled romp through the realities of LGBT life that uses sketch comedy, song, dance, audience participation and more to call attention to both the contributions of LGBT people and the unique challenges they face. Special attention is paid to the epidemic of bullying, homophobic language and legislation. Highlights include “Straight as a Second Language,” the game show “Is He/She or isn’t He/She?” and the talk show “Fact or Fiction.”
Versions of the show have been performed at Pfizer, the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, the National Geo-Spatial Agency, Nancy’s Place, Maryville University and the St Louis College of Pharmacy. Lipkin said she commends New City School for bringing in the show. “Awareness of issues among adults in the first line of defense for LGBT young people or those perceived as having unconventional gender expression. And of course, LGBT staff members need support, too. We would love to encourage other schools and organizations to bring in our work which can be adapted for different audiences.”
Working in conjunction with Growing American Youth, Lipkin founded Apple Pie, an ensemble of LGBT and allied youth that created work about their lives that has been performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the annual GSA conference and the National Conference’s Anytown. Her work is featured in the forthcoming Out and Allied, an anthology of performance pieces and workbook for LGBT youth.
For more info, contact JLipkin@aol.com.