How To Have A Body is a multi-media solo theatrical show, based upon queer disabled writer and cultural worker Gina Stella dell’Assunta’s highly-anticipated forthcoming book of experimental prose and poetry. Using storytelling, spoken word, ritual, dance, music, and performance art, Stella dell’Assunta explores the trials, joys, humour, and heart of living in a queer disabled body in present-day San Francisco. How To Have A Body takes the audience on a journey through public and private spaces: The hustle and bustle of MUNI, BART, the Pride parade, CopWatch, the Welfare office, the queer bar, the s/m dungeon, the strip club, the Social Security Administration, airports, the haunted city streets; and the intimate respite of a rent-controlled studio with fruit trees in the backyard, a long-distance lover’s bedroom, an old friend’s living room, a warm bright kitchen, a magical cripple femme bed palace. Reimagined in the age of Covid-19, and including new work addressing the impact of Covid on disability and sex worker communities, this show is a love letter to disabled queers and sex workers everywhere. Consider it a spell, an incantation, an invitation to intimacy, and a call to action.
If you need a Free / Nobody Turned Away For Lack Of Funds ticket, send an email with the subject line “How To Have A Body NOTAFLOF Ticket” to joe at safehousearts dot org.
Gina Stella dell’Assunta is a writer, cultural worker, and performance artist from San Francisco, with deep roots in both local & international queer & trans, sex worker, and disability communities. She’s performed and taught everywhere from chapels to queer leather bar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and her work is anthologized dozens of places, including Sublevel, Foglifter, Sex Still Spoken Here, The Revolution Starts At Home, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and Coming & Crying. She is currently developing How To Have A Body, which is both a solo theatrical show, and a book of experimental prose and poetry about the intersections between sexuality and disability. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master’s in English Literature from San Francisco State University. You can find her online as @queershoulder, and support her work directly at patreon.com/queershoulder.
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