Category: Personal

Where in the World is Peterson?

All of my communication energy goes to TikTok these days, and I have neglected this website (which desperately needs a revamp.) Ok and I have been podcasting–A Lot!

Back in the USA

After nearly two years in South Africa, my husband, Glen and I are back in the USA. We set up house in Sunbury, Pennsylvania in an adorable, large apartment on the top floor of a renovated railroad station. Rumor has it that Thomas Edison himself hooked up the electric lights, making the first passenger railroad station in the world to have electrified lights. Good news is the lights still work. Bad news is I think they are still powered by coal.

After 15 years of touring as a performance artist, I have hung up that hat, and no longer take most offers to present in person. Instead my introvert self is immensely content in spending time working remotely on podcast production. I currently produce or host/produce five different shows with a sixth one in the works.


    • Citizens Climate Radio — A Climate Change Podcast, which I have hosted since 2017 and has recently had a make over. This spring I will work with three interns to make even more changes.
    • Climate Changed, hosted by Nicole Diroff and Ben Yosua-Davis of The BTS Center. It is all about leadership, life, and love in a climate-changed world.

Being mostly in one place gives me the opportunity to go deeper locally. I now can get involved with my Quaker meeting in Millville, Pennsylvania, and the Sunbury Revitalization Inc, which is beginning to offer programs in their new performance art center. There is also small queer bar in town called ROYGBIV that is open only on Fridays and Saturdays. I try to make a stop in once a week to connect with folks. And every Friday I head over to the Sunbury farmers market to chat with the vendors and eat lunch. Mama G’s Kitchen has some of the best food around! There is also a new doughnut stall.

I hope there is a podcast you would like to hear, and if not, pitch me an idea for one you want! ūüėõ

(Featured Photo by George Milton)


Update from Pretoria

I realise I have been dreadful about sharing posts on this site lately. In fact, you may have noticed my social media presence has dipped considerably over the past several months. Fear not, I am quite well. In fact, life is so rich at the moment, I simply do not have time to even binge watch my favourite shows!

It seems almost naughty and inappropriate to reveal how well I feel in the midst of a very long and difficult pandemic. Perhaps the Pandemic has taught me how to live life more fully. I have suffered like everyone, but not nearly as much as many.

The little pleasures of life–spending time with a friend on-line or even in person, going for a hike with my husband, sitting in the garden and watching the birds gorge themselves on the seeds and fruit I put out–all these things suddenly mean so much more to me.

A friend in Canada regularly checks in and asks how I am doing. I responded the other day, “I am doing well. Playing tennis, swimming, hiking, and keeping Glen happy. We are eating well and I have been getting fit!”

His response revealed something I long suspected:

Wow, that is wonderful!
I think it is the first time you don t answer with ¬īwhat has been going on with work’, which is good if you are taking time for yourself!

And it is true. My identity and happiness have often been tied to my work. I LOVE my work; I learned from my parents, working-class Italian-Americans, that work can be pleasurable and fulfilling. These days though I am finding that fulfilment in connecting with others socially, moving my body, and exploring new cultures. As a result, when it comes time to post something on social media, I am not so trigger happy to share my latest podcast creation or TikTok invention or whatever it is I am working on at the moment.

I would share some of that now, but the birds in the garden will begin to wonder what happened to me and start to wander in the house like a dove did the other day looking for some fresh seed.

What about you? How are you doing? What is happening in your world?

Featured Photo by Ryutaro Tsukata from Pexels

Coronavirus: Comedy, Resiliency, and a Morals Stress Test

I live dab smack in the middle of nowhere in rural Central Pennsylvania. Although we are only three hours or less from some of the greatest cities in America, the Susquehanna Valley is cut off in lots of ways. Wwe are centrally isolated.

Glen and I are watching the Coronavirus spread across the state, and as of this moment, the closes reported cases are all over two counties away, but each day it creeps closer. Like most communities in the USA, all of our non-essential business are closed. Somehow the Eagle’s Wind (yes, Wind, not Wings) doughnut shop is still open. Even if it is not an essential business, it feels like it should be.

Photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash

All the bars and liquor stores are closed too. I always day-dreamed about time travel, I just never imagined I’d land in rural Pennsylvania during Prohibition.

And in the midst of all of this I caught a cold. How is that even humanly possible. I have washed my hands so often I swear you can see my nerve endings. I show an overabundance of caution when out in public. I sanitize every possible surfaces I feel I can open a lab. And I have been so aggressively socially distant, I can barely catch someone’s eye let alone their cold.

Joking aside, this is a scary time for everyone. It is a time of rapid fire decisions by public officials. Globally & in each nation, with our political leaders, & fellow citizens, we are witnessing a Morals Stress Test. As a people, we must consider serious questions.

What do we value most?
Money or the health & well-being of people? How do we consider both while pursuing justice for all? How do we navigate & decide moral conundrums & wicked problems?

“Save Our Planet” painted on the side of a Berlin Wall section.

To shut down national & global economies is extraordinary. A sign of where our values may truly lie. It is potentially good news for our species, a costly one. For my new Susquehanna Life Out Loud podcast, I interviewed Dr. Natasha DeJarnett from the National Environmental Health Association. She quoted Mahatma Gandhi,

The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.

Before the outbreak of Covid-19 many people already were suffering from chronic illness, poverty, isolation, restricted mobility, healthcare woes, & fears of aggressive policing. For others these are new concerns.

Suffering demands residents & governments that multiply compassion, empathy, & justice.

Money is tight and growing tighter for many of us. Our mobility is restricted. Yet in the middle of it all, I am witnessing a loving response by members of my community who are providing food, money, and essential services to those who need it.

Like everyone else, I am trying to process these massive changes in our society while learning how to adapt to these shifts. I am also figuring out what I have to offer in this time of Coronavirus. Below is my spring 2020 newsletter with free content for everyone to enjoy and a special resource page for educators.

Oh and I have created my own Coronavirus Containment Dance playlist on Spotify. Feel free to give me suggestions of some of the tunes that get you moving. Leave them in comments below or just add directly to the playlist.

(featured Photo by Elijah O’Donnell on Unsplash)

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Audio & Video for your Confinement Entertainment

Free Film & New Podcast

As many people are spending a lot more time at home during the Coronavirus outbreak, I am sharing the rarely seen performance version of¬†Transfigurations–Gender Outlaws in the Bible. It is only available on DVD and differs from the performance lecture you can watch on Amazon Prime. View this special theatre version FREE. Share with friends, family, and fellow Bible geeks!

If you want to watch a classic, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

I am producing a lot of podcasts these days including the wacky yet oddly thoughtful and tender, Bubble&Squeak Podcast. (Most recent episode is Phallic Fruit. In the next episode you will meet a new character, Sebastian, from the Corona Virus Rapid Response Team. Should I call the next episode Anal Thermometer or Circle Jerk?)

I launched a BRAND NEW podcast: Susquehanna Life Out Loud. It reveals the many wonderful features of this region of Central Pennsylvania where I live. The first episode stars my husband, Glen Retief.

You can also hear Bible Bash Podcast, which I co-host with Liam Hooper, and Citizens Climate Radio. Find all these shows wherever you get podcasts or follow the links.

Plus Special Resources for Teaching Remotely

Professors & teachers suddenly need to provide on-line instruction, so I set up a page with resources. I also offer virtual classroom visits, consultation, and customized videos:

  • Read about how to use video effectively on-line
  • Ideas for assigning podcasts to students
  • Virtual visits & custom content at low prices

Learn more at

Click here for something silly and wonderful that always makes me laugh.






Remembering Carmen Gillespie through her words

Carmen Gillespie was brilliant in every sense of that word. She died this weekend. 
Read and hear her words: The Blue Black Wet of Wood. She wrote it after the death of her husband. 
Carmen speaks about the poem here:

“That little woman there, she brought us a lot of happiness, a lot of happiness.”

The Blue Black Wet of Wood 

Today’s rain is blue, a blue of skeletons and the underside of ashes.

Footsteps pool in azure and the sea seeps through

            in waves that remember the determined descent

            of drowning slaves.  The slog of night mosses my fingers

            as if to apprehend the ribs of trees and, somewhere,

            a song repeats in threes, calling little girls back home

from wherever obsidian away they may have roamed.

But the distance outlines an edge where a house may have stood,

and, oh, but the night and the blue black wet of wood. 

From the obituary in The Daily Item

Carmen began her teaching career at George Mason University. She continued her career as a professor of English, American, and African American literature at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Mary Washington and the University of Toledo. Carmen worked for the past 13 years as a professor at Bucknell University, where she was the director of the Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives and Culture at Bucknell.

Carmen’s scholarship focused on Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and various aspects of American and Caribbean literature and culture. She published three award-winning books of poetry and received several prestigious fellowships for her writing.

A warm, kind, and beloved presence, Carmen enjoyed hosting her large circle of devoted friends and family at her beautiful home and garden.

New Year and New Projects for your eyes and ears

Glen in a tight squeeze as we travel in a tricycle

Happy New Years. I write from Iloilo City in the Philippines. My husband, Glen, and I have been traveling around to various islands since mid-December. I will be sure to share photos in an upcoming post. Our trip has had multiple purposes–pleasure of course. We love exploring new places, learning new languages, and of course tasting new foods. While I mostly eat as a vegan in the USA, I had to suspend that lifestyle for most of this visit. I will also get to visit family who have been inviting me to come for years. See you soon Aunt Rolla!

In addition, we have done research and writing–both about the Philippines and on our regular writing. Glen just published an article about the Philippines and President Duterte: Trump Under the Coconut Palms? It gives you a snapshot of our trip and also insight into the similarities and differences between the current political situation in the USA and the Philippines.

Freshly caught and cooked fish

While we were on a small island in Mindoro province, I did some audio recording for a future episode of Citizens Climate Radio. With over 7,000 islands, how do you tell a climate story that will help listeners empathize and connect? I figure the story of one family on one island is a good start.

In addition to reading a stack of books (ah reading in a hammock!) I reflected about the past year and the upcoming year.  As a Quaker, I have a support committee, a group of friends who meet with me four times a year to hear about the work I am doing. They help me work through questions and dilemmas, and provide on-going moral support while I am on the road. Before each meeting I write a report, which helps me reflect on the work I do. In looking ahead to 2019, I shared with them (and now with you) the creative projects I will pursue this year.

Christmas Eve at the Basilica in Taal, Philippines

Creativity in 2019

After discerning what I feel led to do and able to do, I have determined to work on the following creative projects in 2019:

  • 12 episodes of Citizens Climate Radio
  • Three ¬†Spanish language episodes of Citizens Climate Radio
  • A six week radio drama course
  • The creation of at least three short radio dramas (one for the Climate Change Theatre Action program for which I received a commission to write and produce one short radio play)
  • A 200+ pages book about climate change. Working title: Let‚Äôs Face the Music and Dance! Creative and Unexpected Responses to Climate Change (manuscript to be complete by Sept 1)
  • The creation of a new monthly podcast to be co-hosted by a colleague and friend, Liam Hooper. The Bible Bash Podcast will be a monthly program where we discuss biblical texts
  • I am also considering creating a short podcast (15 min) to air twice a month. Bubble and Squeak will provide me with a creative outlet to experiment with audio, share more of my own personal opinions and to reach a different audience.¬†

I see an important shift in my work towards more radio/audio production. There are various opportunities ahead that can get me engaged with communities to work collaboratively and to help provide platforms for people who have been marginalized in conversations around climate, LGBTQ, and justice. 

Many thanks to everyone who continues to be supportive of me and my work. Thank you for reading, listening, inviting me, and encouraging me. Thank you for your input, suggestions, critique, and resources. I still have so much to learn. May 2019 be a year of advancement, creativity, and much love.

(featured photo: rainbow over Manila in December)


Celebrating 15 years of Performance Activism

Saturday was my birthday. I spent it in Columbia, South Carolina with about 100 students from all over the Southeast for the Eco Reps Conference.

What did I want for my birthday? Just that–time learning and sharing with people passionate about making the world a better.

I cannot think of anything more satisfying than celebrating my birthday doing public art.

My first promo card designed by Tina Encarnacion

As I was about to take the stage Saturday, I realized that it was exactly 15 years before on my birthday in at Holy Trinity Church in Memphis, TN I premiered my play, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House. This satire about my time in conversion therapy was the first major step I took into the world of performance activism.

The Homo No Mo poster designed by Christine Bakke and inspired by Roy Steele

Since then I have grown as an artist and an activist. As Kurt Vonnegut told me years ago, “Everyone should practice art, because art enlarges the soul.” My craft as a playwright and actor has improved and the topics I feature in my work has widened.

I met my man, Glen Retief, when I perform this play at the 2008 FGC Gathering

What stands out for me most though is that I have had the privilege and joy to meet so many extraordinary people on the road, some who have become dear friends, comrades, and fellow travelers. I write this filled with joy and gratitude. Thank you for supporting my weird ways on and off stage, and my performance activism.

Thank you for challenging me, shaping the work with me,

and deepening my understanding of the world.


Now a film, Transfigurations provided me an opportunity to merge art, activism, and scholarship.

Happy 2018 — Remember Who You Are

Susan Govatos Joseph’s Dreams

Today I am working on an essay for a British religious education publication. They asked me to explain my view of Joseph in Genesis as gender non-conforming, and how I suggest religious education instructors teach it to their students.

For me unearthing gender and sexual minorities in the Bible is essential work. These overlooked characters remind me of the many people marginalized in the world today.

Of course some people chose to fly under the radar for good reason. In some places it is perilous to be open about being LGBTQ. Just last month police raided the Queer Kampala Film Festival where my Transfigurations movie along with many others was supposed to screen. I heard reports that no one was injured or arrested. They got out just in time, but this is not the first time LGBTQ people in Uganda have been targeted by authorities.

I am still editing my piece on Joseph and why I think it is important to bring out of the shadows gender outlaws in the bible. I have been mulling over one line I wrote:

We live with mysteries inside of us we come to understand over time, and if we are willing, we sometimes share these with others.

My top nine photos of 2017 on Instagram. Follow me petersontoscano

As I reflect over 2017,  I have been sitting with some of the mysteries inside of me. I wrote a memoir that sits in my documents; I am not sure if I am ready or willing to release it into the wild. Perhaps I am waiting to better understand myself. It is also true that some things are too precious to share publicly.

One goal for 2018 is to screen the performance version of the Transfigurations movie at festivals in North America and beyond. This is different from the version that most people have seen. I will release this version under the title, Transfigurations–Gender Outlaws in the Bible. Description:

A disciple on a pilgrimage spends the night with strangers and tells stories of gender and sexual minorities in the Bibles. As the narrator reveals the many gender non-conforming Bible characters, this one has to decide if a more personal disclosure brings death or life?

In the performance I never appear as myself. I don’t explain my interpretations. Instead it is the story of an unnamed disciple. Woven into the narrative are quotes from the Gospel of Thomas.

It is an interesting Gospel for what is familiar to many of us–sayings that appear in Mark and Matthew–and what is so different. Many of these sayings have to do with identity. Like this one:

Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].”

The main character quotes from Thomas’ gospel and these sayings serve a thread to the performance version of the film.

Most people will see the lecture version, which makes no reference to Thomas’ gospel. I imagine this is the version that will be most helpful to Christians trying better understand gender and sexual minorities in the Bible. The performance version though is more artistic with a dramatic ending.

As I write this, I am also considering a theme for the year. My friend, the writer Shirley McMillan (who has a new book out, The Unknowns, which I highly recommend) tells me that she sets a theme for the year which serves as an affirmation of sorts.

I have been thinking of what that might be for me. One thought I am toying with is: Remember Who You Are.

Yeah, working on that…


Thinking about Boredom

Who likes being bored? I sure don’t. One would think that in this day and age no one could ever possibly feel bored. There are millions and millions of videos we can stream. Countless blogs and twitter posts. There are chores to do and walks to take. Still I get bored.

According to Wikipedia, “boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.”

I may have plenty to do, but I am not interested. I like the French word ennui, which takes it to a deeper level, “a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.” It’s like the mind has no traction. It’s a floating sort of feeling.

Foolish as it may seem I have been putting myself in a situation where I am even more bored. On Sundays I try to stay away from screens–mobile phone, iPad, desktop, laptop, everything. This immediately creates a dilemma for me. Without these devices in my life, I suddenly have to make my own magic happen. I don’t have the Looking Glass to fall into. And no doubt this causes stress and distress.

I wish it weren’t so, but the reality is that these devices shape my life and my time. But once I turn them off something extraordinary happens–I get bored. And in that boredom I begin to seek out other pleasures–reading, chatting on the phone, reorganizing the kitchen cupboard, trying a new recipe. As I do, I become more present in those activities and enjoy them on a different level.

Not that it is always pleasant. Sometimes it is dreadfully boring. But out of that boredom I am finding new outlets and creative endeavors.

What about you? How do you face boredom? What is your relationship like with your devices?


2017 Summer Reading List

Ah, summer reading. The longer days with opportunities to read outdoors means I ramp up my reading habits every summer. Since the presidential election, I have also been trying to absorb less from social media and instead dig into good books old, and new.

I’d love to hear about your book recommendations, and what is on your list. I tend to read more than one book at a time with a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Here are some of the things I am currently reading.

Hasanthika Sirisena explores Sri Lanki after the long Civil War. These shorts stories are filled with the living and the dead. The prose sparkles and pops with compelling characters, moving and disturbing images, and flashes of humor.

‚ÄúWith precise and poignant detail Sirisena conjures up an entire and original world in these stories. Through the intimate portrayal of the lives of men and women caught up in Sri Lanka‚Äôs turmoil she conveys all the uncertainty, the changing cultures, the terrors, and hopes of our lives.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒSheila Kohler, author of Dreaming for Freud

Thanks to Sirisena, I now know what a mantis shrimp is and how terrifying and beautiful it can be, like memories.

Samuel Peterson digs deep into his life as he describes his descent into drug addiction and the weird world of recovery. A trans* man, he expertly meditates on his gender journey and how he navigates it in the intimate world of a residency drug treatment program. In TRUNKY (transgender junky): A Memoir of Institutionalization & Southern Hospitality, Peterson plays with form and language to add depth and sophistication to a story that otherwise could be overwhelming. He brings a fresh eye to the recovery memoir.

Its been almost 17 years since the English translation of¬†Soul Mountain was published. This novel filled with personal reflections on Gao Xingjian’s own life and struggles, toggles back and forth between first and third person narration. The melding of dream and reality along with memory and desire makes me slow down with this novel, taking my time to take it all in. Many themes emerge around the personal, political, and environmental.

‚ÄúYoung man, nature is not frightening, it’s people who are frightening! You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly. This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he’s capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain

My friend and colleague, Rev. Dave Swanson, a Mennonite minister who studied theology at Duke under Willie James Jennings, highly recommended I read Jennings’¬†new¬†commentary on the Book of Acts. It is part of a series of commentaries written¬†by theologians. I am more of a Bible scholar kinda of guy, so I did not think I would enjoy the preacherly approach to the texts. I have only just started and find¬†Jennings’ commentary to be fresh and scholarly with a strong message to engage in the world¬†and¬†do justice. He may be writing about an ancient text, but he has his eyes firmly set on present reality and struggles.

“Jennings writes as poet, preacher, and prophet. He takes the reader on a theological tour of Acts, and like a good tour guide, he describes the familiar places thoughtfully. Like the best of tour guides, he also takes the reader to places of importance that are often unnoticed. We are familiar with Paul’s beatings and imprisonment, but Jennings invites us to think theologically about prisons and beatings. We are familiar with the Jewish-Christian struggles in Acts, but Jennings guides us to think more deeply about the Jewish diaspora and the trauma that empire imposes. These visits to neglected places engender new understanding and perspective on the events recounted in Acts. This commentary preaches as faithfully as it teaches.”
‚ÄĒDaniel Aleshire, Executive Director, The Association of Theological Schools

You can read a sample for yourself.

It might sound strange, but David France’s book about activism during the early HIV/AIDS Crisis, is helping me a lot with my current work around climate change. The parallels between these two periods and two seemingly different issues continually amaze me and give me hope and direction. Based on the excellent documentary, How to Survive A Plague reveals¬†LGBTQ young people and professionals suddenly faced with taking on the impossible in the face of a government and society that could care less.

While I never got into the HBO television series, I find George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books a weird, guilty treat. Sometimes I need a plot-driven adventures with dragons and palace intrigue to get my mind off of the growing global warming dragon and the unfolding White House intrigue. I have been delighted with the many female characters in Books 1 and 2 who take on male roles as knights and fighters. Some people have already mentioned the¬†climate change references inserted into the books. Perhaps, but sometimes stupid fun reading is required. I am currently on book two, but no one knows because I read it on my Kindle. Shhhh.

Finally, I have begun reading Fanny Howe’s essays, The Needle’s Eye. My friend, the poet, Karla Kelsey, gave me a copy of it in part because of its references to religious figures but also because it is smart, experimental, and deeply insightful. I am trying to break myself of a bad habit. I wake up and immediately reach for my phone.I check Twitter notifications, Instagram stories, Facebook notifications and messages, and finally email. I am not even awake. I have not had coffee, and already I am working and taking in the drivel and the disturbing stuff that social media constantly spews. Perhaps Howe’s short essays can serve as the source I reach for first before my¬†digital day begins.

‚Äú[Fanny Howe‚Äôs] experimental tales, mixing poetry and prose, offer little miracles of meaning growing from the darkest detritus of our planet. If there are epiphanies here, they are matches struck in the dark, wonders shining through wounds, intimacies of the banal.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒRichard Kearney, Los Angeles Review of Books

One thing that is missing in my reading list is a book specifically about climate change. I tend to listen to many climate themed podcasts and shorter pieces in magazines and newspapers.

Let me know of your book recommendations. What are you reading these days?

UPDATE May 25, 2017

I have identified a climate themed book to read. The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh.

Here is a description:

Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability‚ÄĒat the level of literature, history, and politics‚ÄĒto grasp the scale and violence of climate change.

Not light reading, but hey, the reality of climate change is a stark and difficult one. Yes, I see there is still hope, but lots to be concerned about. As a climate advocate, I need to remind myself of that on a semi-regular basis. It helps keep me disciplined and focused.


A lover of holy fun

Bad News and Good News

I have been thinking of writing a blog post all week, but between other work and feeling unready and uninspired, I have delayed. It has been an odd week with some high points and serious lows. It has been filled with placentas, contracts, and a sudden death that has me still reeling.

The bad news first.

You may have worked with Jane in setting up bookings for me back in 2014 and 2015. I do not have many more words to share about Jane at this point. Her death is still too sudden and I am too raw. We did know how to make each other laugh, and together we did some funny stuff including writing The Lost Gospel of Thaddeus and a series of outrageous tweets in which we covered Holy Fashion Week (a mash-up of Fashion Week and Holy Week.)

Transfigurations DVD

The high points of my week are bittersweet. The DVD for Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible is nearly at the end of production and will ship out next week. Jane loved this play. It was the first of my works she saw back in 2008 soon after I premiered it. Coming¬†from an oppressive religious past, these new readings of the text moved her greatly. In part that is why she wanted to serve as booking manager. She put¬†Transfigurations out ¬†into the world. She also helped me with costumes. I couldn’t wait to send her a copy.

Another development with Transfigurations is that I have an official distributor. Very Very soon people can begin to order it through a new imprint of Barclay Press. MeetinghouseXYZ will distribute the DVD. They are based out in Oregon and will sell it both retail and wholesale. It will also appear on Amazon and other platforms. I will also have it with me on the road starting next month.

The Holy Cheeky Afterbirth

Also, arriving TODAY are 1000 copies of The Amazing Adventures of the Afterbirth of Jesus, the bizarre and beautiful comic book I created with Joey Hartmann-Dow. I have yet to figure out how I want to distribute it. It is still in its infancy, and I feel I must carry it around with me and not let it out of my hands yet.

Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan of Arc

Tonight I will head to the Campus Theater in nearby Lewisburg, PA to watch the silent film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc. There will be a live orchestra and chorus accompanying the film. The final cut of the film was thought to be lost forever until the 1980s when it was found in the closet of an asylum in Denmark. So glad Joan has come out of the closet.

This passionate Joan, hounded by religious zealots,  is played by Renée Jeanne Falconetti, a stage actress who the director of the film first saw cast in a comic play. She portrays the pain and conflict of Joan deeply and tenderly. Falconetti decided to never do another film again after this one. It was only her second film. She preferred the stage, perhaps because she could use her voice and be in contact with the audience.

I am certain this production tonight is something¬†my friend Jane would love to see with all of the pomp and circumstance of the orchestra in the old refurbished theater. Joan, who feels called by God, not only to fight the English, but to do it dressed as a man, refuses to wear women’s clothing all the way up to the dramatic fiery end. Jane, an out, proud lesbian, and a fierce supporter of gender non-binary and transgender youth, would approve of Joan’s passion.