The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret by Mariah MacCarthy presented by Glass Mind Theatre makes its Baltimore premiere April 11-19. A gender-bending emcee guides the audience as limitations of sexuality are redefined throughout confines and confusion.
Playwright MacCarthy says that she wanted to write vignettes about female experience. She then had a revelation: “I couldn’t create a piece about women that had no men in it.”
Aside from the androgynous emcee, Genderf*ck revolves around eight seeming-stereotypes of gender and sex. The 20-somethings are all intertwined in each other’s lives as they navigate sex, gender identity and their relationships with each other. MacCarthy combines humor, drama, raunchy jokes and dance parties.
“I might be feminine, androgynous or a tomboy; straight, a lesbian, pansexual, or just ‘queer’; a livid, no-bullshit Feminazi robot queen, or the most people-pleasing boy-crazy girl next door you’ve ever met,” says MacCarthy. “In a way, Genderf*ck has been my way of investigating and teasing out all my contradictions, by putting those aspects into different characters and setting them loose on each other.”
The play is contemporary, but director Susan Stroupe layers in the lens of the Gilded Age in the 1900s, where cabarets began.
The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret will run at Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave. in Hampden. Tickets are $15, with discounts available for artists, students, seniors and groups. Visit glassmindtheatre.com for tickets and more information.