Preferring provincial life in rural Northland, transgender couple Willow (SHE) and Ren (THEY) are "small-town famous.” Already a long-term couple, their relationship takes an exciting new direction when both simultaneously begin their journeys into gender-affirming hormone therapy.
While welcoming physical changes, unexpected shifts in their internal geography have a seismic impact on the way they each relate to cis men and women, themselves, and each other.
In this talk-show meets reality television meets sketch comedy appearance, the couple interview one another LIVE, digressing into devised and improvised storytelling to answer audience questions from their unique perspectives.
With grit, honesty, and tenderness, Willow and Ren share the surprising joys and heartbreaks of re-mapping the way to love when nurture mediates nature.
Reviews for Ren:
“As talented an actor as you will see currently on any stage in the country.” – Theatreview
“Bold, fun, and the physical humour is by far the best.” - Theatreview
“Intelligent, thought provoking, highly entertaining and wouldn’t you know it, educational.” – Out in Perth (Australia)
"Bring[s] new insights and comedy to well-trod subjects that renders the material compelling." – Now Toronto (Canada)
“Lunicke’s voice is nothing but pure, personal, and honest to the point of nakedness.” – Plank Magazine.
• Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016
• Won "Best Use of Awkward Silence" Comedy Award Toronto Fringe 2016
• Placed for Artistic Risk Award Vancouver Fringe 2016
• Nominated for the Development Award NZ Fringe 2018
• Won “Bravest Show” Award Victoria Fringe 2018
Ren Lunicke (trans non-binary, they/them pronouns) is an international performance artist (physical theatre/storytelling/comedy) who creates autobiographical works that explore connection and identity outside the conventional narratives. They established Zir Productions to support their own work and others.
Willow Lunicke (transwoman, she/her pronouns) works in the trades as a security technician. Willow is new to the stage, but that hasn’t prevented her from sharing her experiences and stories with a quick-wit and a devilish sense of humour.
Award-Winning Zir Productions ("Ze": queer as f*ck!, I'm an Apache Attack Helicopter, Blood Relative) is based on the Ze/Zir gender neutral pronoun. Zir Productions’ mission is to produce works of storytelling, comedy, theatre, and live art that work to take audiences on an experience "beyond all binaries" and exclusions between "us" and "them," "self" and "other."