Tranny Roadshow dazzles UC

 

Adelaide Windsome entertains the crowded theater with her puppets and ukulele.

Adelaide Windsome entertains the crowded theater with her puppets and ukulele.

The Tranny Roadshow is an eclectic mix of transgender performers that live for the stage. From a magician to a folk singer, one can see it all. But, the Roadshow cautions, the show isn’t just for transpeople: they have a wide range of acts that can appeal to anyone. They rotate performers, so no two shows will be the same, ensuring that everyone will receive a unique experience. The Tranny Roadshow was brought to the University of Cincinnati’s campus by GenderBloc, a radical queer organization that focuses on transgender activism  and rejects the gender binary.

The first performer, Adelaide Windsome, explained her experiences within Bear culture. No not the grizzly kind of bears, but the hairy, gay kind. Using an adorable platypus puppet, Windsome knocked down bears and other forrest creatures. She then took to her ukulele and sang a song about platypuses. Finally, she wrapped up her segment with a cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” dedicated to her tourmates, as this was their final stop.

Following Windsome was Kit Yan, a spoken word performer. Drawing on comedic timing, Yan’s most memorable poem explained his reincarnated life as a badass. He explained how a badass never went to class but passed with flying colors and told women that they would be going home with him; however, in the end, Yan concluded, that he is in fact nothing like a badass.

Ignacio Rivera plays the mother in this excerpt from his one person play.

Ignacio Rivera plays the mother in this excerpt from his one-person play.

Ignacio Rivera then took to the stage in a muumuu and wig, telling the tale of her daughter and how she never listens. Then, changing before our eyes, comes the daughter, a young, gender-variant lesbian forced to become a stripper to make ends meet. She wears a wig to work and tries to be feminine in order to keep the job. One of the other dancers mentions to her that she thinks Rivera’s character is transgender and the scene ends as she contemplates this.

Jamez Terry then comes on to speak of his coming out process, filled with entertaining anecdotes. His family, although more accepting than most, is still kind of confused when it comes to Terry. His grandfather offers Terry his penis when he passes away, and while this is a kind gesture, Terry is way too freaked out to accept. Needless to say, hilarity ensued during his performance.

A short film by Rahne Alexander was inserted towards the beginning of the second half of the show. Alexander created this piece from excerpts of other movies that have transgender people in them. The focus was put on the reactor, not the transgender person, to illustrate the wide range of reaction, as well as the horror a lot of people saw when faced with a transgender person.

Mary Magician sticks a needle through a balloon without breaking it.

Mary Magician sticks a needle through a balloon without breaking it.

Illusionist, Mary Magician, pulled out her bag of tricks to entertain us. She made scarves appear out of empty boxes and stuck a needle through a balloon without popping it; however, her most daring feat was escaping Hudini-style from chains.

The final performance was put on by Dalice Malice, folk-singer and spoken word artist. Before performing her first song, the bandana holding her guitar and strap came loose, delaying the piece (This can be seen in the video below). She then covered “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes. Spitzer started a song about a former friend, Skinhead Mike, I believe was his name, and forgot the words after the first few lines. Things went well from then on, as Spitzer sang some original tunes and ended with a brilliant spoken word piece.

For more information on the Tranny Roadshow please visit http://www.trannyroadshow.org.

Dalice Malice preforms “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes.

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