Peterson will perform and present on gender, LGBTQ issues, faith, and climate change at the 2nd annual Skylight Festival. If you are a fan of the Greenbelt Festival or Wild Goose, you will love Skylight.
Nurturing a narrative of hope, joy and transformation, the Skylight Festival is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice.
Peterson will appear besides amazing presenters like John Bell, Kate Reid, Gareth Higgins, and Romal Tune.
Check out the Skylight Festival website and Facebook page for more information and to register. Peterson will attend the entire festival soaking it all in, hanging out with other attenders, and presenting his unique comic storytelling presentations that playfully explore the serious worlds of gender, LGBTQ issues, faith, and climate change.
What will Peterson present?
Saturday July 30, 1:30-2:30pm Everything is Connected
Sunday July 31, 2:00-3:00pm Slow Dancing with the Enemy
Sunday July 31, 4:30-5:30pm Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible
What are they saying about Peterson?
The audiences at Greenbelt Festival love Peterson’s presentation. He was a featured highlight of Greenbelt 2015.
The simplest thing to say about Peterson Toscano is that he is a performer. Trying to pin him down further is a whole lot more difficult. His performances combine standup, drama, storytelling, burlesque and university lecture. They are witty, camp, serious and dark.
Peterson Toscano has the rare gift of being able to simultaneously open the pages of Scripture and the minds of his audience, enriching both by his creative use of humour and drama, laughter and tears, challenges and uplifts. His performances are not to be missed!
In a word, Peterson is phenomenal. I was hooked in fifteen minutes. I sat there, watching him bring moments of scripture to life in ways I had not considered, and scrambled to figure out how soon I could bring him to my campus. It turns out, he’s even more delightful in person. His compassion matched by conviction and a wickedly smart sense of humor, a rare combination, make interactions with Peterson memorable, uplifting, and often life-changing.
Toscano brings a deep reverence for the Biblical text with him into his exploration of gender transgression. This play is mesmerizing and compels the viewer to see well known Bible stories in a brave new light.
Who is Peterson Toscano?
Peterson Toscano is a performance artist, activist and comic storyteller. Although he performs throughout North America and Europe, he actually lives in Sunbury, PA. Toscano presents original one-person comedies that explore gender, sexuality, faith, and climate change. His own personal story is bizarre. At first he struggled to accept himself seeing a conflict between his Christian faith and his gay orientation. After 17 years and over $30,000 trying to “de-gay” himself, he came to his senses and came out gay. He created the one-person play, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, helped produce the award winning documentary film, This is What Love in Action Looks Like, and contributed to the Lambda Award winning anthology, Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation.
As someone concerned with human rights, for the past two years Toscano has taken on climate change as his primary focus as he considers LGBTQ, faith, and comic responses to the climate crisis. His does not dole out the typical gloom and doom, shame and guilt global warming messages. Instead he infuses his work with hope. He challenges audiences to pursue community building as he helps them connect climate change to everything from immigration to a cup of coffee. He is the host of the popular Climate Stew podcast and is a contributor to the Huffington Post.