Posted on Jul 24, 2011
5 out of 5
Rebecca Kling is a strong, talented, funny, smart and beautiful young woman with an important message to tell each and every one of us attending the Fringe this year. Her message goes beyond telling you what is going on, she explains in a way that sometimes only art can. A message that even after how accepting and open as a society we think we are, we still have a long way to go.
Rebecca shares with us at the start of her story of how she was fired from a teaching position because she might cause a difficult conversation between students and adults. She wasn't fired because of her teaching skills or from lack of praises from the company she worked with. She was fired because someone asked about her hands and why her voice was so deep. She was discriminated against because of her sex, more to the point the sex she wasn't any longer. Rebecca is a transgendered woman.
This presentation shares some of the trials faced by people trapped in this biological booby trap and how absurd some outlooks of small minded people can be. Rebecca explains how gender and sex are two different things, how just because a doctor gives a person a label shortly after birth can cause troubles years down the road. Her playful satire of persons of authority saying what it is to be a man in today's society or what is expected of a woman in everyday experiences makes the subject a touch lighthearted, yet serious when it needs to be.
This presentation has an interesting blend of spoken word, video, dance, and audience participation that brings the viewer for a moment out of themselves, sharing these moments with Rebecca and her journey on the path of self realization. It reminds each of us that sometimes life isn't what it seems but what we make of it. Performance times and dates can be found at www.kcfringe.org or at Fringe Central.