CFS Seminar with Peterson Toscano
An Evening with Peterson Toscano
Everything is Connected: An Evening of Stories - most true, many wierd
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Performance and Discussion
Experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip. A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. His unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. Come to laugh, think deeply, and feel more human. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
Peterson Toscano is the author of one-person comedies including, Queer 101--Now I Know My gAy,B,C's, and Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House
, which chronicles his two years in "gay rehab" in Memphis, Tennessee. As a Bible scholar, he explored gender non-conforming Bible characters in his performance lecture Transfigurations--Transgressing Gender in the Bible
Peterson also is the host of the Climate Stew podcast, the leader of the Sunbury, Pennsylvania chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, and speaks regularly about climate change as queer, faith, and human rights issues. His newest play Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat?
is a comedy about broken bodies large and small. For more information about Peterson Toscano, please visit his website
or tune into his podcast