Ren is bringing "Ze" back to Whangarei for the 3rd time...what?! It's reunion time for all the loveable trans-gressors, weirdos, and their allies (and anyone else who needs a reminder that we all belong). This show and subject matter has gained tremendous momentum in the last two years since its local Whangarei beginnings.
"Ze" is an autobiographical comedy about sex, gender, and the ever-expanding parade of queer labels and identities Michelle/Ryan (Ren) claims on zir way to pride.
"Ze" (a gender neutral pronoun) details multiple "coming-out's" from one stereotyped LGBTQI, etc. box to the next in a celebration that exposes the tension between being truly authentic and belonging.
Presented by Zir Productions
Written and Performed by Ren Lunicke
Original Production Directed by Peter Larsen
Photo by Virginia Guy
R16+: lots of naughty words and weird sex
Dates and Pricing:
Saturday, July 14, 9PM (directly after Blood Relative @ 7pm).
$10 unwaged, or with proof of purchase to Blood Relative.
Sunday, July 15, 7PM, koha.
Long list of awards/reviews:
Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016.
Won "Best Use of Awkward Silence" Toronto Fringe 2016
Placed third for "Artistic Risk" Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016
“Journeys its audience through a world of labels unlike ever before.”- Montreal Rampage (Canada)
"Bring[s] new insights and comedy to well-trod subjects that renders the material compelling." – Now Toronto (Canada)
"An intelligent, thought provoking, highly entertaining and….educational performance on gender and sexual identity."
- Out in Perth. (Australia)
"Charming, hilarious, flirtatious, not at all shy.....mesmerizing, playful, and incredibly satisfying to watch." - My Entertainment World (Canada)
“Transcends ideas about what it means to be queer.” - The Queer Av (Australia)
“An exceptional piece of work anchored by a performance by as talented an actor as you will see currently on any stage in the country...a raw and incredibly intimate journey that should be compulsory viewing...it may well change your life."
- Theatreview (New Zealand)
“While ze spoke to a certain subset of society, I believe zir message extends to everyone. We all have our own unique labels and should be proud to own them." - Review Vancouver (Canada)
Superfan who has seen the show 6 times:
"I've seen "Ze, Queer as F*ck" multiple times over multiple years now, and each time I resonate with a different aspect and find it hits home in a new way.
Ren's ability to simultaneously make the audience laugh, cry, ache is amazing. Ze transitions from heart-wrenchingly honest and raw truth to side-splitting comedy (and back) seamlessly, while also being aware of taking the audience along the journey with zir.
Ze makes me feel okay to be me; whatever incarnation of "me" that is on any given day. Ren is more than an artist; ze is a master connector of souls and experiences."
@zirproductions #ze #zeqaf
Also see Ren's new show, the prequel to "Ze," Blood Relative answering the question of how we handle family when there is more than a little disappointment.