When two, queer San Francisco women lovers discover more about the global environmental crisis, they see red and go green. Beth Stephens, a sassy butch artist professor, and Annie Sprinkle, a high femme ex-porn star and sexologist, join the environmental movement only to discover they don’t quite fit in. So they do it their way. They switch the metaphor from “Earth as mother” to “Earth as lover,” come out as ecosexual, act up, fight back, get real dirty, do a controversial bondage inspired protest, and get arrested. There’s arboreal frottage, a compost toilet, and ecosexual wedding vows. Learn twenty-five ways to make love to the Earth, including how to talk dirty to plants. Stephens sings her heart out as Sprinkle does a ballet striptease for the planet. Bring your camera for photo-ops. By the end of this performance event, you just might realize you are ecosexual too.
June 13-16 & 20-23
Earthy: An Ecosex Bootcamp
Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens
$12 – $20 sliding scale
This project is made possible with grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Arts Research Institute, Visual Aid, Theater Bay Area, the Cash Fund., UCSC Committee on Research and with sponsorship from the Center for Sex & Culture and the Queer Cultural Center.
Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle (the show’s co-creators and performers) are life partners who have collaborated on art projects together for twelve years. They live together in both San Francisco’s Bernal Heights and in a cabin in Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz mountains. Beth is a professor of art at UCSC, a homebuilder, and multi-media artist. Annie has been a sex film pioneer since 1973, has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, and does college gigs about her life, work and sexuality across the USA. The two women have been devoted to developing the ecosex movement through art, theory, practice and activism since 2007. Coming up is the 1st International Ecosex Symposium in July in Europe, which they are producing. Join them. See details at www.ecosexlab.org They just finished a new film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, currently playing the film festival circuit. See the trailer at www.goodbyegauleymountain.org. One of the things they are most proud of is having starting Occupy Bernal, a single-issue group that has stopped dozens of unjust home foreclosures in their neighborhood. They have received three San Francisco Arts Commission Grants in the past few years, as well as funding from UCSC, Theater Bay Area, the Cash Fund, and others. Visit their collaborative web site, www.sexecology.org, and their solo web sites at www.elizabethstephens.org, www.anniesprinkle.org,
Patty Gallagher (Director) is Professor of Theatre Arts at University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches movement and mask traditions, Balinese dance, and feminist theatre. She is an Associate Artist at The Rogue Theatre (Recipient of American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company Award). She has performed, choreographed and directed workshops in Asia, South America, Europe, and the U.S.. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her collaboration with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens began in 2009 with the two-woman show, Dirty Sexecology.
Tony’s Circus of the Fresh Juice Party: Soundscape.