YOU REALLY SHOULD SIT LIKE A LADY
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY LISA EVANS
DEVELOPED & DIRECTED BY ASHLEY SMILEY
VISUAL DESIGN BY TROY ROCKETT
Using a music-and-sound mixtape as framework, this solo piece explores the funny, perplexing and sometimes infuriating contradictions in the process of gender-identity formation.
The story will be told in three chapters over the season, and culminate in a full production in the spring.
You Really Should Sit Like A Lady is one of six new commissions told episodically through our season. From October to June, audiences will join characters and artists for intimate stories told in chapters through a serialized format, delivered to you online each month.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
LISA EVANS (THEY/THEM?THEIRS) PLAYWRIGHT/PERFORMER
Lisa Evans is a black non-binary performance artist and cultural worker based out of Oakland, CA. Lisa directed the premiere production of “Waafrika123” at TheatreFirst and they can be seen in award winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye’s short film Black Is Blue. Their most recent projects include “Blessed Be the Black and Crazy,” an installation focused on black mental health created in collaboration with Sabaa Zareena, which was exhibited as a part of the 2018 The Black Woman Is God exhibit at Somarts and “Communion” a 2019 exhibit curated by The Church of Black Feminist Thought at the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery as well as “Confronting The Ghost of Willie Lynch: An Exorcism in Six Parts” a site specific haunted house inspired theatre piece presented as a part of the 2019 National Queers Arts Festival.
ASHLEY SMILEY (SHE?HER?HERS) DIRECTOR/DEVELOPER
Ashley Smiley aka Smiley is a born and bred San Franciscan currently serving as the Theater Manager for the Bayview Opera House: Ruth Williams Memorial Theater in San Francisco. Smiley is a member of Campo Santo and the writer/director for The New Normal, a comedic ZOOM-inspired webseries.
TROY ROCKETT (HE/HIM/HIS) VISUAL DESIGNER
Troy Rockett is a multidisciplinary artist and theatre-maker based in Oakland California. He holds a joint MA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Troy was part of a community based learning project with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project which served as a launching pad into his artistic career. Since then he has prioritized collaborating with BIPOC and LGBT+ productions and performance ensembles, and has been hitting the stage and short film productions, and creating works of his own. In the past he has been a part of event teams with SF Frameline, Crowded Fire and Golden Thread and has been on production crews at Destiny Arts, Brava Theater, Mills College, San Francisco State and with a number of independent artists of whom he has built artistic relationships with.