Stray is a meta-memoir based on creator Tanya Marquardt’s experience as a sixteen-year-old runaway and BDSM model, and a New York transplant writing about this earlier stage of her life. A punk show with references to Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowitz, the show begins on November 1, 1992, the day Tanya runs away from home, and each song careens you through the chaotic years that follow – life with Tanya’s father, a traveling vacuum cleaner salesman, her first attraction to a girl and witnessing her self-cutting, being in a BDSM bar as an underage virgin, a writing teacher’s praise, which saved her from suicide, and, how art sustained her throughout, poetically describing the pleasure of writing, “a left hand scuffing across the page like a club foot, or a piece of bread smeared in delicious sauce.”
Co-created with Tim Carlson and director Mallory Catlett.
Stray features performer Tanya Marquardt, musician and Conspiracy artistic producer Tim Carlson, and musicians Jon Wood (guitar/bass) and Ed Goodine (drums).
Stray premiered as Duets for One at Club PuSh 2014. Theatre Conspiracy presented new scenes from Stray at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) in New York in Oct and Nov, 2014, part of CANADIANS ARE MEAN, curated by MELANIE JONES (2013/15 BAX Artist In Residence).
- SummerWorks Festival at The Theatre Centre Toronto, Canada Aug 10 & 12, 2018
- The Tank New York, USA July 18-21 & 25-28, 2018
- Excerpts at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) New York, USA Oct - Nov. 2014
- Club PuSh 2014 (premiered as Duets for One) Vancouver, Canada February 2014