A play that challenges the binary nature of human identity will be on offer at the Newport Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 24.
Presented as part of the ongoing Williams Lecture Series, “Bi-” is a story about embracing human complexity, breaking open the boxes of selective classification and raising the question: “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”
Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel “Flatland,” the story is set in 2089 in the fictitious Tierra Plana, a place where citizens’ lives are determined by a pre-recognition of their individual categories. Four friends, Fig, Noir, Isa and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover a mystery: boxes from the US Census Bureau, filled with the stories of people from across the binary. With the help of a two-spirit guide, they realize that it is possible to break down the boxes of classification, so that they can just be.
The bilingual Spanish-English play was devised and directed by Georgina Escobar and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez.
The free screening will begin at 7 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street, followed by an interactive workshop designed to help attendees explore the concept of identity.
This presentation is the 31st in the Williams Lecture Series since its inception in the spring of 1993. Wendy Williams created the series in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for more than 30 years at OSU. His last teaching assignment was at Oregon Coast Community College, where he taught maritime history.
For more information, call 541-867-8531 or go to www.oregoncoastcc.org/foundation.