Friday, March 30, 2007

Tucson: ATC and CFSA present "I Am My Own Wife" and a panel discussion

From: Arizona Theatre Company []
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 2:19 PM
Subject: GLBT Community Event with ATC

ATC is proud to partner with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
for a GLBTQ event on Sunday, April 15th for a 2pm performance of I Am My Own
Wife and a panel discussion.

2:00-4:05pm I Am My Own Wife
4:05-4:15 Pre-panel reception
4:15- 5:30pm Panel discussing sexual orientation and gender identity.
See the bottom of this email for more information about discounted and free
tickets to this community event!

2:00-4:05pm I Am My Own Wife

Bob Sorenson in Arizona Theatre Company's production of I Am My Own Wife.
Photo by Tim Fuller

WINNER! 2004 Tony Award, Best Play
WINNER! 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
In I Am My Own Wife, a dazzling feat of theatrical magic that swept every
major award imaginable, one man plays 35 characters as he tells the true
story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. She endured the oppressive regimes of the
Nazis and the Communists, preserved cultural treasures, gave hope to a
generation of persecuted people and, miraculously, simply survived-as an
unapologetic transvestite. This gripping exploration of spirit, truth and
personal myth became the toast of Broadway and a smash hit. Variety calls it
"spellbinding," and the New York Post says, "See I Am My Own Wife, please."

Arizona Premiere!
Contains mature themes and language.

4:05-4:15 Pre-panel reception
An informal reception will be held upstairs in the Cabaret Theatre as people
gather for the panel discussion. Coffee and light fare provided by Arizona
Theatre Company.

4:15- 5:30pm Panel discussing sexual orientation and gender identity.
ATC Associate Artistic Director and director of I Am My Own Wife Samantha
Wyer will moderate a discussion that promotes a further understanding about
sexual orientation and gender identity as it relates to I Am My Own Wife and
the GBLTQ community. Panel discussion participants Amanda R. Simpson, Bruce
Blackstone, and C. Michael Woodward are leaders in the GBLT community who
help to raise awareness about issues that face today's GBLT population.

Amanda R. Simpson, a senior employee of over twenty years for Raytheon
Missile Systems who has remained in the same position since prior to her
gender transition, working with management and human resources to smooth
concerns. Since her successful workplace transition, Ms. Simpson has
consulted and advised numerous employers and gender variant employees as
well as legislators. She became the first openly transgender candidate to
win a primary election in the United States in her run for the Arizona State
Legislature in 2004. Ms. Simpson received the 2004 Tucson YWCA Woman on the
Move Award and was the 2005 Arizona Human Rights Fund Individual honoree;

Bruce Blackstone, a self identified Transgendered individual. Though born
male, not all of Bruce's gender expressions are consistent with his
biological sex, especially in his clothing choices. Bruce is 47 years old
and has been self employed as a designer in Tucson for the past 15 years.
Bruce is a member of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) and speaks
regularly at Pima College, The University of Arizona and Arizona State
University. Bruce is also associated with Wingspan, Tucson's Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community support and advocacy

C. Michael Woodward, Program Coordinator of Wingspan's Southern Arizona
Gender Alliance (SAGA). He also serves as a founding member and past
Co-Chair of The University of Arizona President's LGBT Advisory Council.
Michael is also a past president of the Board of Directors of Women in the
Arts, Inc./National Women's Music Festival and was active in the Midwestern
lesbian feminist communities of the 1980s and 90s prior to beginning his
transition to male in 1999.

Please join us!

Remember that subscribers can exchange their tickets into this performance
and everyone is welcome to attend the free panel discussion.
Mention you'll be attending the panel to the box office for
$7 off your tickets in Section I & II. Phone charges apply.

$15 tickets for student with ID. Section II only.
$15 Financial Hardship tickets. Section II only.

A limited number of FREE tickets are available to community members with
financial hardship. Contact Michael Woodward at SAGA at 624-1779 x 26.

Tuscon Box Office 520-622-2823, Phoenix and Mesa Box Office 602-256-6995,

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