Stray: Memoir of a Runaway
Reading and Performance
June 6, 2019 @ 10PM in The Cultch Founder’s Lounge
While in the process of writing her acclaimed book Stray: Memoir of a Runaway (Little A, 2018), Tanya Marquardt also collaborated with musician Tim Carlson and director Mallory Catlett to create a punk version, which has since toured to New York, Toronto and Vancouver.
Come to The Cultch bar, where you’ll get a taste of both works in this MNTF event with Tanya reading excerpts from the memoir as well as performing a few songs from the show with Tim on guitar. Songs and stories will reference notable NY artists like Patti Smith and David Wojnarowitz, and begin on the day Tanya ran away to careen you through her first attraction to a girl and witnessing her self-cutting, being in a BDSM bar as an underage kid, and, how art sustained her throughout.
Frank Theatre AD Fay Nass will lead a post-show Q&A with Tanya, Tim and Mallory, as well as Pi Theatre's Richard Wolfe, who programmed Theatre Conspiracy's Stray in the Pi Provocateurs series, running June 13-15. Stay on after the reading, where Tanya will sign books and you can meet all the artists involved.
Best Queer History & Bios Pick of 2018, The Advocate:
Marquardt’s "compelling voice could become a path of fulfillment and escape. Stray is the story of how one young woman has to embrace her own vulnerabilities and heal the wounds of the past as she forges ahead into adulthood.”
Theatre is Easy, Adrienne Urbanski, New York:
“This compelling combination of memoir and music creates a truly one-of-a-kind theatrical experience...A work of dazzling ingenuity and raw self expression that hasn’t been edited and refined and dulled...Marquardt’s genuine passion for her art, and her admiration for the creativity of others, comes across strongly.”
Stray was created on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC), and on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland (Manhattan, New York).