News: NYSX Presents "Armor as Strong: Trans Warriors Through a Shakespearean Lens" *Free* on May 28

A previous Freestyle Lab. Photo credit: Cristina Lundy 
New York Shakespeare Exchange, responsible for programming from regular ShakesBEER pub crawls and the online Sonnet Project to full productions of Shakespeare's dramatic works. has announced its next Freestyle Lab, titled ARMOR AS STRONG: Trans Warriors through a Shakespearean Lens. The event is free and will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 7-9 pm (doors open to the audience at 6:30 pm) at the 53rd Street Library Theater (18 W. 53rd Street, NYC).

Coming between Memorial Day and the start of Pride Month, ARMOR AS STRONG will feature a group of actors from New York's trans/gender non-conforming community performing speeches and short scenes featuring some of Shakespeare's best known soldiers. The performance will be followed by a town hall conversation about society's understanding of gender identity, and how our limitations can lead to broken and inhumane policies. It will ask: What truly makes a soldier? Why are names and pronouns so vitally important? How can visibility in art be a catalyst for change?

Performers include C Bain (he/him), Izzy Castaldi (they/them), Bowie Dunwoody (they/them), Elliot Frances Flynn (they/them), Jordan Ho (she, her, xe/xem/xyr), Dani Martineck (they/them), Teddy Qin (they/them), and Marcus Xavier Stewart (they/them). ARMOR AS STRONG is curated by Cristina Lundy (she/her), Taylor Marie Rasmussen (they/them), and Ross Williams (he/him).

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