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XY(T) performace by Kestryl Lowrey a must see

April 25, 2007

Tonight I saw one of the most amazing one-person performance acts I’ve ever seen. Kestryl Lowrey, a student at Lewis & Clark College, is performing his senior thesis this week, entitled XY(T). You have a chance to see it – this Thursday at 7pm at the college’s Fir Acres Theater. Seating is somewhat limited – perhaps to about 100 or so – and you need to call (503)866-6684 to RSVP. Here’s the information from the Just Out calendar:

Lewis & Clark College’s Fir Acres Black Box Theatre presents XY(T), a free one-person show that brings to life a series of questions, contradictions and characters around the theme of testosterone. Transgender butch Kestryl Lowrey strips away layers of gender and identity in a dynamic performance that veers between playful and poignant.

TestosteroneIf you have any interest at all in transgendered experiences his performance is for you. Even if you’ve never thought about gender identity, you will find Kestryl riveting. Kestryl describes himself as a butch transgender – a masculine non-male, if you will. If you’re confused, it might be helpful to describe Kestryl as someone born female but doesn’t comfortably fit into either gender yet chooses to pass as a male publicly while actually engaging a more ambiguous gender territory. Kestryl’s performance focuses a great deal on his transformative experiences with taking testosterone, commonly referred to simply as T.

The program notes that accompanied Kestryl’s performance say this:

XY(T) is a story of syringes, strap-ons, and stripping layers.

No…that’s not quite right.

XY(T) is a tale of masculinity and making excuses, of queerness and questions, of doubt and delight. It’s comic and critical, and it’s going to make you think.

Still not right.

XY(T) is a performance of testosterone, transition, and transgression. XY(T) is a story of choices and changes.

I think that’s about as close as I’m going to get.

The performance is a lot like this description – at once Kestyl acts very assertive and yet reveals himself to be unsure about what he’s doing with his gender as a woman-born-male-identifying-butch-transgendered-soul who isn’t a manly man but certainly isn’t a woman. And yes, there are syringes and strap-ons, which are accompanied by a brave stripping of multiple layers which all reveal a very beautiful and amazing person.

All this out of someone just born in 1985. If you missed the show, I’m sure there will be opportunities to catch this rising star on a stage somewhere soon. Let’s hope so!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. luminaria permalink
    April 25, 2007 3:49 pm

    Beautiful!

  2. May 9, 2007 4:45 pm

    Well, I’m not surprised. LC turns out a lot of geniuses.

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