We're all taught anatomy and shown sexuality in the media, but what happens when those definitions and explanations are not enough? The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged explores the unique--yet interwoven--life circumstances of eight women and trans people forced to confront their own shifting identities, struggles, and confusions surrounding their own sexuality.
Through dialogue, movement, song, humor, and multimedia, the performance examines such themes as partner communication, sexual identity, the de-sexualization of aging women, today's "hook-up" culture, and sexual health. "We want people to know that others out there recognize the complexity of modern female and trans sexuality, and to feel comfortable in challenging the conceptions society often defines for them." - Honest Accomplice
The BIRDS & THE BEES: UNABRIDGED debuted Spring 2013 at University Settlement in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Having received such positive response from the audience and community, we decided to incorporate feedback in a second iteration of the show. We attribute the audience's strong connection to the show's content to our unique approach in developing the performance. We drew from audience feedback, ideas from actors, and even the results of a 2,000-person survey to represent the real opinions of women and trans people.