World Premiere of Peggy Shaw’s new show RUFF

out_noth_ruffOut North Contemporary Art House announces the world premiere of nationally acclaimed and award-winning artist Peggy Shaw’s new show ‘Ruff’ on December 20-22 before it debuts in New York City.

Renowned for her own gender bending autobiographical work, Peggy Shaw’s supremely transgressive art explodes every box which might be used in some vain attempt to contain her: language, societal norms, sex, fashion, romance, art—she breathes life into all of them and there is nothing but surprise and pleasure in store for anyone encountering her.

RUFF is the latest in a line of Peggy Shaw’s solo performances, this time written with Lois Weaver, which reveals her humorous and musical perspective on age gender and bravadacio.  This time it’s from a newer even more extreme angle. Peggy had a stroke in January 2011. The stroke was in her PONS, which rhymes with the Fonz, one of her many early role models, and since the stroke she’s realized she has never really performed solo.   She has always had a host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members living inside her.  RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept her company these 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the blank green screens with new insights and an opportunity to share them with the her favorite confidants–the audience.

Performed by Peggy Shaw
Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Directed by Lois Weaver
Music and Sound Design by Viv Stoll
Choreography Stormy Brandenberger
Set and Media Design Matt Delbridge

December 20-22 at 8:00pm
Out North Contemporary Art House
Anchorage, Alaska, USA

$25 General Admission
$20 stu/mil/sen
Buy tickets online


About Split Britches

Split Britches was founded 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Since 1980 we have transformed the landscape of queer performance with our vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics – feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone, and lesbian because it takes the presence of a lesbian on stage as a given.
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