From hip performance spaces in New York and Los Angeles to the heart of Middle America, the last twenty years have seen a rich proliferation of gay and lesbian performance art In O Solo Homo, Holly Hughes, the First Lady of queer performance, and theater critic and professor David Roman have brought together the best solo work from some of the most acclaimed and influential artists in the field.
The pieces in O Solo Homo touch nerves that run deep -- racism and misogyny, AIDS and breast cancer, the struggles and joys of family and the complicated transcendence of desire. Peggy Shaw, of the Obie Award-winning trio Split Britches, looks at butch/femme identity and describes how she learned to be a man. The acclaimed author, performer, and "gender outlaw" Kate Bornstein takes apart gender, from the street to the bedroom to Geraldo. The late Ron Vawter, of the Wooster Group, conjures two very different men who died of AIDS: diva filmmaker Jack Smith and Nixon crony Roy Cohn. And Carmelita Tropicana, the "national songbird of Cuba", makes an unforgettable, hilarious return to Havana. O Solo Homo will move and provoke you, make you laugh, and make you think.