Performance Artist and Guggenheim Fellow Holly Hughes Brings Show to Campus
Feb. 04, 2013
THE DOG AND PONY SHOW (BRING YOUR OWN PONY)
Written and Performed by Holly Hughes
Directed by Dan Hurlin
February 13, 8pm
Warner Main Space
Writer, performer, "thespian's thespian", and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, Holly Hughes comes to Oberlin with a new solo performance piece, The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony), presented on Wednesday, February 13th in Warner Main Space at 8:00pm. The performance is free and presented as part of Oberlin's 2012-13 Year of the Queer.
A blend of autobiography, animal behavior, and bald faced lies, the show is a comic/poetic meditation on a midlife crisis in the key of canine. After several years as self-described “professional homosexual” spent preaching to the perverted and getting into the craw of the religious right, Hughes disbands her one (wo)man dog and pony show, takes a real job at a prestigious university, acquiring a small pack of dogs, and must ask herself: what is sound of one lesbian clapping? (Could it be barking?)
As part of her visit to campus, Hughes will spend time with students in the Theater and Dance department's cross-listed course Queer Acts, and in the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies course Queer Beginnings: 1990.
"Hughes employs excellent comic timing and meticulously chosen language to conjure up the fear, anxiety, exuberance, and peace of the pet-owner relationship." — Out Magazine
"Holly’s stories ring with the confidence of a cultural warrior who’s come out of the fray not just intact, but wiser, with a distinctive clarity about where she’s been, where she’s going, and what it all means. We’re invited to laugh with her, in Dog and Pony, to see the grace and beauty of ordinary people with their crazy but somehow humble obsessions." — The Feminist Spectator