Transgender Bible Characters in London!

I write from Southampton where I have a performance tonight at the Uni, but tomorrow night, due to popular demand, I will return to London for a performance of Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible.

St. Saviour Pimlico
Parish Hall
Lupus Street
(across from Pimlico Station)
London UK SW1V 9AL
Phone: 07788594018
Trans Bible Characters??? You betcha!

In this one-person play, theatrical performance activist, Peterson Toscano, unearths transgender Bible characters–those people who do not fit in the gender binary, and who in transgressing and transcending gender, find themselves at the center of some the Bible’s most important stories. For more info, check out Transfigurations-Transgressing Gender in the Bible

Peterson will also do excerpts from his plays Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House and The Re-Education of George W. Bush

Free! All welcome

There is a Facebook event page set up.  Do tell your friends. Without actually seeing the play, one web report states,

Toscano is someone who has apparently trawled the Bible and attempted to find in it references to people who ‘do not fit the gender binary’.   This sort of argument is  not uncommon and anyone who had encountered it will know just how the desire to find such leads to a twisted and selective reading into the text of Scripture, yet sadly many who dismiss the plain teaching of Scripture seem enthralled by such perverse handling of the text.

Um, no. I have a feeling that most people who actually see the performance will see that I work well within accepted Bible interpretation. That said, even gay and lesbian Christians have confided that they initially came to the show with a high level of suspicion that they would see some over-the-top, wild interpretation. They confess that they experienced something quite different, a gentle unfolding of narrative that inspired them. 

Do tell your London friends. You can see my complete schedule here.

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  1. GreenEyedLilo on May 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Because conservatives never, ever “trawl the Bible” and “attempt to find in it” things that support the beliefs they have already! Verily, this is a case of pointing the finger at someone else and having three point back at yourself.

    But congratulations on the show, Peterson! And on being able to go back to London, too!

  2. Joe G. on May 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Oh, Peterson, I do so appreciate when others point out undesirable things about what you do – I don’t feel so alone in the world anymore…

  3. Ephilei on May 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm Reply

    I’ve looked long and hard for people who have done such trawling. I’ve only found 4 (I’m one, and Peterson’s another). If that’s not uncommon, what is?

  4. Sue on May 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm Reply

    I saw your transfigurations performance last May, Peterson, and it was a fascinating and gentle unfolding of a narrative. I think the “plain teaching of scripture” ( whatever plain teaching is?) could hardly close its eyes to the myriad of biblical character and a wealth of people who are fully human and often don’t “fit in.”

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