The SF Bay Guardian calls solo performer Seth Eisen “a sly, vigorous, soulful performer,” and Blackbird, “a completely unexpected journey through some vibrant underground queer history.” Brian Freeman (Pomo Afro Homos) directs this musical evening of mimicry, puppetry, and faggotry. The Pansy Craze sensation of the 1930’s swept the nation delivering queer cabaret in all its splendor. Led by Jean Malin, the creator of the movement, you’re serenaded into a falsetto spell and taken on an illicit journey that stitches together songs and stories about the struggles and triumphs of seven Queer artists who found radical ways to counter the severe repression of their eras. Join the questionably gay Danny Kaye; Tommy Dee of Polk street sleaze; Sylvester, the international disco diva; Klaus Nomi, the operatic new wave siren; Brazil’s fey Ney Matogroso and Azis, the uproarious Bulgarian gender-bending singer, as they share their own extraordinary stories. Written and performed by Seth Eisen. Music by Sean Feit and Jesse Olsen.
Inspiration drawn from:
Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, George Chauncey, (1995, Basic Books)
Martin Gottfried’s Nobody’s Fool, (Simon and Schuster, 1994)
David Schneider’s Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey, (2000, Da Capo Press)
Joshua Gamson The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, The Seventies in San Francisco, (2006, Picador)
The Nomi Song—The Klaus Nomi Odyssey, Andrew Horn (2005, Palm Pictures)
Gay Love (1929)- by Clare and Levant, Columbia Records
That's What's the Matter With Me (1933) Jean Malin - Columbia Records (1933)
I'd Rather Be Spanish Than Mannish- (Conrad), Jean Malin - Columbia Records (1933)
Yiddish Lullaby by P. Liskovski
The Theater Lobby Number, (from the 1944 film Up in Arms)
by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman
I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, (1944) by Fred Heatherton
Hard Hearted Hannah by: Jack Yellen, Bob Bigelow and Charles Bates
Publisher: Ager, Yellen & Bornstein, Inc., (1924/1950) MCA Music
The Spinal Song, by Seth Eisen and Sean Feit, (2010)
I Go Down, by Seth Eisen and Sean Feit, (2010)
The Obscenity Song, By Sean and Feit Seth Eisen, (2010)
The Heart Sutra describes the experience of liberation of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara, as a result of insight gained while engaged in deep meditation to awaken the faculty of prajña (wisdom). The insight refers to the fundamental emptiness of all phenomena.
Calunias (Telma eu Não Sou Gay) / Slander (Thelma I’m not Gay)
by B. Anderson
Blackbird, by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1968 Northern Songs.
Sylvester’s version from the Album Living Proof, Live from the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, (1979), Fantasy Records
Three Wishes, by George Elliot, Jamie Dalglish, Sierra, pindizzy Music/Strange Party
Nomi Song- By Klaus Nomi (1981)
The Twist by Hank Ballard, (1959), RCA, France
The Cold Song, by Henry Purcell (1691), from the semi-opera "King Arthur"
No Kazvam Ti Stiga, by Azis, Sunny Music
For more info on the tour and inquires about a performative lecture at your institution visit: eyezen.org
Video by: Loren R. Robertson, LorenRRobertson.com