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posted Friday, September 21, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 38
New Zealand-based former Seattleite and Trans non-binary performer brings two award-winning rare stories about diversity, belonging, and resilience to Seattle
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New Zealand-based former Seattleite and Trans non-binary performer brings two award-winning rare stories about diversity, belonging, and resilience to Seattle

BLOOD RELATIVE
18TH & UNION
9/25 & 9/26 @ 7:30pm

'ZE': QUEER AS F*CK!
18TH & UNION
9/28 & 9/29 @ 9:30pm


The award-winning international touring writer/performer, Ren Lunicke, is coming hot off the heels of Victoria Fringe Festival with an award for BRAVEST SHOW of 2018 for BLOOD RELATIVE. This is after a prodigious nomination for a Development Award in New Zealand for the same play, and several awards for 'Ze': queer as f*ck! over the past two years.

The two autobiographical shows by the prominent Cascadian born and raised Kiwi feature themes of diversity, belonging, and resiliency in tough times and the positive reviews are flying in:

'Unpacking family as a social construct is rarely done this well & a poignant and eternally hopeful love story.' (4.5 / 5 stars) - Check the Program (Victoria, B.C.)

'Lunicke is a wonderfully engaging storyteller.' - Dispatches (Victoria, B.C.)

'As fine an actor as you will see anywhere in the country.' - Theatreview (Auckland, NZ)


These shows will be coming to the Seattle public for the first time as part of a West Coast 'Belonging Tour' stretching from Victoria, BC to Hawaii. Performing a limited engagement September 25th through 29th at 18th & Union, (1406 18th Ave.)

These two highly complementary shows include BLOOD RELATIVE, a wry dramatic work about love, loss, the limits and power of biological kinship, and the potential to build family beyond all expectations ala the 'It Gets Better' project, and 'ZE:' queer as f*ck! a late-night dark comedy about the sex, gender, and one queer's parade of labels and identities on their way to PRIDE. Both performances feature local Seattle and international references.

NOTE: Ren identifies as trans non-binary and so uses they/them or ze/zir pronouns except when referring to their former self pre-transition 'she/her.'



Winner - Bravest Show of 2018, Victoria Fringe 2018 *** Nominated for the National New Zealand Fringe Development Award 2018 *** 3rd for Artistic Risk Award, Vancouver Fringe 2016 *** Winner - Comedy Award for 'Best Use of Awkward Silence' Toronto 2016 *** Nominated for Best Comedy FRINGE WORLD Perth 2016

'Lunicke's voice is nothing but pure, personal, and honest to the point of nakedness. - Plank Magazine

BLOOD RELATIVE - Re-defining family drama BLOOD RELATIVE confronts the limitations of biological kinship and the potential to create reliable loving bonds

In their play BLOOD RELATIVE, Ren ruthlessly exposes the ongoing mythology about biological family and the swing in 'all-or-nothing' relationships when the Hallmark version of 'happy family' disappoints.

In this dramatic and humorous re-telling, Ren narrates and enters into scenes from their former life as 'Michelle,' a newly Canadian-married lesbian caught between the modern ideals of a diverse and loving 'chosen family,' the normative assertion that nuclear family is the most important, and an ongoing desire to be part of a legacy.

While evaluating a painful fertility disease and the possibility of any future children, Michelle receives the call from her right-wing evangelical mother that Michelle's loving grandmother is dying. In the overlapping time between care-taking the last of one generation and facing the limitations surrounding any future generations, Michelle must decide which definition of family she can depend upon to create family for herself.

Ren looks back with humor and wit to connect, mourn, and remember their power in the ongoing journey to ensure that 'family will always be there.' (Warning: Recommended 12+ for dramatic intensity.)

FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/282692509214092/

BLOOD RELATIVE will be performed September 25 & 26 @ 7:30pm at 18th & Union (1406 18th Avenue). Tickets: $15 General; $10 Student & Seniors. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596836

NOTE: Buying a ticket to BLOOD RELATIVE will entitle you a $10 discount password for a ticket to 'ZE': queer as f*ck!

'Ze': queer as f*ck! - Award-winning comedy about gender, labels, and identity

'Ze': queer as f*ck! is a dark comedy about sex, gender, and the expanding parade of labels and identities Michelle/Ryan (now Ren) claims on zir way to pride. (*ze/zir are early days gender-neutral pronouns)

'Ze' had its global premiere in Perth, Australia in 2016, where it was nominated for a Comedy Award, and has since toured to sold-out audiences in every country and winning awards for its unique brand of comedy and level of artistic risk with new content for the stage. Trans non-binary identities have only continued to rise in awareness since then.

In this international queer origin story, Michelle/Ryan (now Ren) rips the bandage away from zir startling puritanical upbringing and is catapulted by zir experiences through a complex and surprising 'coming out' process as a genderqueer, kinky, femmesexual, polyminded, gay-divorcée. Along each step of the way ze discovers each new beloved community is at times just as ridiculous and pigeon-holed as the one ze's just left.

Part theatre, story-telling, and stand-up, Ren both uses and parodies the labels meant to help an individual embrace their truth in a modern world desperate for definition. 'Ze' brings the audience along a rarely told journey of gender fluidity and micro-identities in a PRIDE-worthy celebration that exposes the tension between being authentic to oneself and belonging to one's community. (Warning: Recommended 18+ for coarse language and explicit sexual reference.)

FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714035475391581/

'Ze': queer as f*ck! will be performed September 28 & 29 @ 9:30pm at 18th & Union (1406 18th Avenue). Tickets: $20 Full Price; $25 Give a Little More; $15 Student & Seniors. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34824

Co-presented by Zir Productions and 18th & Union.

Courtesy of Zir Productions

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