Syrup in our Shorts--Elizabeth Whitney and Lea Robinson at the Clubhouse!

  • 18 Mar 2011
  • 8:00 PM
  • Mickee Faust Clubhouse, 623 McDonnell Drive in Railroad Square

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The Mickee Faust Club presents

“SYRUP IN OUR SHORTS, AND OTHER SOUTHERN PLEASANTRIES”
Written & performed by Lea Robinson & Elizabeth Whitney
Musical accompaniment by Diane Whitney

            Hometown artist Elizabeth Whitney returns to Tallahassee with her partner, Lea Robinson, to present SYRUP IN OUR SHORTS, AND OTHER SOUTHERN PLEASANTRIES, a comedic look at growing up in the south from two very different perspectives.   The performance art piece runs for one weekend, March 18-19 at 8pm at the Mickee Faust Clubhouse, 623 McDonnell Drive in Railroad Square .   The show is part of the warm-up to this summer’s “Queer as Faust 4” Festival slated for June.   Tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, seniors and people with disabilities.   Tickets are available through the Club’s website: www.mickeefaust.com.

Robinson and Whitney are a same-sex, interracial couple who both grew up in small cities in the Southeastern United States undefinedRobinson, just outside of Lexington , Kentucky , and Whitney, on the outskirts of Tallahassee .  They met at Southern Illinois University, were married in Western Massachusetts , and eventually began writing performance work about their lives together, trying to find comedic poignancy in the fact that both same sex couples and interracial couples have struggled for both social and legal acceptance in the United States . 
           

The phrase “syrup in our shorts” refers to the way that Robinson’s grandmother used to refer to an openly gay man in their neighborhood when Robinson was a child.  In this show, Robinson and Whitney explore the “syrupy” side of southern comedy through personal stories and songs that capture both their different world experiences as well as their lives together as a married couple. 
           

One special feature: the show includes original music from an album produced as part of a song writing contest about Tallahassee in the mid-80’s.  AND … the performers will be accompanied on piano by Diane Whitney, a Tallahassee-based musician who also happens to be Elizabeth ’s mother!

In addition to the performance, Robinson and Whitney will lead a workshop on Saturday from 3-5pm called “Performing Intersectionalities”, which is free.   Workshop participants are asked to bring three (3) personal artifacts which they feel represent them. 

"This performance and two workshops are funded in part by a
grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida State University School of Communication
."  


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