They, Themself and Schmerm
Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun they, Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Millers Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa DAmour. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015.
"They, Themself and Schmerm" is a disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, How do I become a man and do I even want that? Blackwell recently performed They, Themself and Schmerm at Under the Radar in NYC to critical acclaim; this San Francisco engagement is part of a larger West Coast tour that includes the TBA Festival in Portland.
"Currently I do all the things that a man does, yet I dont always feel comfortable using the term he, because Im concerned that it will erase the entire struggle that she brought with me. And there was a long time where I would present as I am in a masculine way, but request that people use she with me. Its like, yeah I look like a dude, but youre going to call me she, because I want you to rethink feminine bodies. Like, I am Martha and I am George. Deal with that."
--Interview with Blackwell in the Huffington Post
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