Sexploration with Monika – Lesbian Love Story from 1890

What would it have been like for a lady to fall in love with another woman in 1890? Meet Miss Flora Devine, an African-American lady who owns an inn in a small Southern black township in 1890. She does not realize she could be same-sex attracted until she falls in love with Biddy Higgins, an itinerant butcher. We’ll speak with actresses Dawn L. Troupe & Velina Brown, Director John Fisher, and playwright Shirlene Holmes. “A Lady and a Woman” is a production of Theater Rhinoceros, the oldest LGBTQ theatre company in the world, started in 1977 in San Francisco. This show runs thru March 24th, 2013 at the Eureka Theater. A long time before it was “ok” to be a lesbian or queer, “A Lady and a Woman” explores the interlocking themes of spirituality and sexuality telling the story of two women who find in each other the courage to begin a new life. We’ll also discuss other works by Shirlene Holmes “Daughters” about identity and trans-cultural adoption, and “Strong Arms” about a shelter for battered men, exploring themes of masculinity, power, and ending abuse & domestic violence.

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