They, Themself and Schmerm by Becca Blackwell
“It would have taken me 2 years of focus groups to make being molested that funny.”
—Young Jean Lee
“Audience emerged from the theater last night with a greater awareness of a sociocultural transformation underway... from confusion to denial to reconciliation to who-the- fuck-cares-let-the-love-in. So, all hail They-Themself-and-Schmerm" —Amber Power, Bomb Magazine Full Review
Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic in these meat carcasses.
Read about Becca and the show in Brooklyn Rail
Written and Performed by Becca Blackwell
Directed by and Developed with Ellie Heyman
The Public Theater: Under the Radar Festival
They, Themself and Schmerm has been presented by: A.R.T./Oberon, Abrons Art Center, The Wild Project & Duke Univeristy.
Developed with New York Theater Workshop & The Public Theater
Creative Consultants Jess Barbagallo and Jill Pangallo