Transfigurations DVD Launch Party

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To celebrate the long awaited release of Peterson Toscano’s Transfigurations DVD, Glen Retief will host a Launch Party at the historic Edison Hotel in downtown Sunbury, PA.

Peterson will be on hand to share behind the scenes stories about the making of the film and will screen clips from the movie. DVDs will be available for purchase and Peterson will happily sign your DVD with a personal message.

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Transfigurations DVD Launch Party

Friday June 30, 2017 7 PM
Hotel Edison
401 Market Street, Sunbury PA
Free! All Welcome. Light Snacks Served

About Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible

Peterson Toscano has shaken up Bible academics and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship. By unearthing the stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Toscano’s one-person play deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders.

Stay tune to hear about official premiere on the big screen in fall 2017

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.

Nadia Bolz-Weber
, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint


I attended a workshop with Peterson in which he announced that he was doing a show on the transgender people in the Bible. I thought to myself, Hey, I'm a biblical scholar, and I don't know any transgender folks in the Bible! Now I know! I applaud Peterson for bringing to the fore in this play a new way of looking at the Bible! Bravo! No, bravissimo! I had to look at my own sexual stereotypes and how I bring them to biblical interpretation! 

Michael Willet Newheart
, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Howard University School of Divinity


About the Edison Hotel

In 1870, E. T. Drumheller proposed to build his third hotel in Sunbury named the City Hotel. At the time of the Hotel’s construction, it was a magnificent brick structure in a town at the center of industry and resources. Other than Drumheller’s hotels, notable hotels such as the Fairmont and the Neff, with its Garden Terrace, graced these streets. Imagine Sunbury then, a town which needed more than five hotels to house the travelers who passed. The town’s population was over 13,000 then, greater than it is today.

For these reasons, Thomas Edison chose this location to demonstrate the miracle of incandescent electric lighting. On July 4, 1883, the City Hotel became the first building in the world to be lighted by Edison’s three-wire electric system.


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