ARTIST IN-THE-ROUND PERFORMANCE FEATURES
SCOTT TURNER SCHOFIELD
Atlanta, GA – On Tuesday, April 24th, Eyedrum presents an unusual round of performances, featuring readings by best-selling author T Cooper (Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blonds, Some of the Parts), music from solo artist and Indigo Girl Amy Ray, and a sneak preview of new solo theater by transgender performer Scott Turner Schofield. All three artists will present work as yet unseen by Atlanta audiences, riffing in-the-round on gender, growing up, and pop culture. The all-ages program begins at 8 p.m., and will also feature guest performances by Three5Human, and the Athens Boys Choir.
Cooper will read from Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, a Los Angeles Times bestseller called "A glorious identity-bending, multigenerational epic" by Time Out New York, newly released in paperback (Plume). "This is not another generic everyday family saga," reviewed the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "not when it starts in the Russian pogroms, jogs past Charles Lindbergh, and closes with a guy who impersonates rapper Eminem at bar mitzvahs." The 2003 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the transgender category is also co-editor of a politically-minded anthology of stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing (2006). T was also a member of the world-famous Backdoor Boys drag king troupe, and sojourns to Atlanta from the East Village of Manhattan.
Home-boy Schofield, back in Atlanta fresh from a spring tour that included a stints at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and Yale University, will offer a peek at the anticipated hero myth/sit-com/solo performance that will premier at 7 Stages in Atlanta in January 2008. A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling epic complete with fort and decoder ring, “Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps” was commissioned by the National Performance Network, making Schofield the first openly transgender artist to be commissioned by the institution.
Ray will present hits from the recent solo record Prom (Daemon Records), which explores the dance between gender and sexuality, and authority and rebellion in the suburban and rural South, taking aim at destructive value systems from high school to the punk scene. The proud founder of Southern indie label Daemon Records will play acoustic favorites from the 2001 solo release Stag (also Daemon), as well as secret tracks from an unreleased third solo effort. Ray's musicianship rocks through genre, scene, and identity, claiming rock, old-school punk, and folk as fenceless ground all her own. Ray's solo talents on April 24th turn an evening of live words into a night of rock'n'roll.
Admission is $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Tickets are available from Charis Books & More (1189 Euclid Avenue in Little 5 Points), online from Daemon Records (www.daemonrecords.com), and at the door. Door discounts are available for those who self-identify artists, students, or flat-broke, including $1.00 off for anyone who can name which Showtime soap opera ripped off Cooper's inaugural book title (and the fictional book's barely modified name).*
Eyedrum is located at 290 MLK Jr. Dr., Suite 8, Atlanta, GA 30312, close to Oakland Cemetery and the Mattress Factory Lofts. Free parking is available, and MARTA's King Memorial Station is just 4 blocks away.