This bilingual work grapples with the past, bearing witness to gender-non-conforming historical figures, La Monja Alferéz and The Publik Universal Friend. Puppetry and poetics lift up the lives of these trans anscestors in an exhilarating conversation honoring their genders and refusing to look away from their transgressions.
Images by Freedom G Photography from RE(focus) Fest 2018 at The Rotunda
Praise for Publik Private:
“The infernal and the saintly collide in a bold intertwining of two adventures too wild to be fictional. Publik Private is a show that smashes the binary in more ways than one: out and passing, chaste and carnal, pacifist and warmonger, hero and villain, thwarted imperialist and well-intentioned gentrifier. With a wry smile, Eppchez dances between the polar opposites of these two trans lives, and joins them together in something tender, irreverent, and all too human.”
-Mary Tuomanen (Barrymore Award winning playwright)