20% Theatre Company, a company devote to female and transgender theater arts, will present Gina Young’s Femmes: A Tragedy at Nimbus Theatre in Minneapolis starting Friday and running through mid-December.

Femmes: A Tragedy is a lesbian-themed adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce’s The Woman (1936). The latter was made famous with an all-women cast and provided a sharp and witty commentary on wealthy socialites in New York in the 1930s. Young’s adaptation, the Hollywood Reporter noted, is a “loose yet surprisingly faithful lesbian transformation, it is the butches who are bantered about and battled over, but never seen.”

20% Theatre Company, which is in its 10th season, describes the show as a reimagining of Clare Booth Luce’s 1936 play The Women “against a backdrop of contemporary femme lesbian (sub)culture.” The story begins “when the curator of a burlesque show’s polyamorous girlfriend drops her overnight for a hot bartender, her friends – an activist, an academic and a party promoter – are thrown into girl/girl competition despite their best feminist intentions, and are ultimately forced to parse the ways butch/femme relationships do or don’t replicate heterosexual stereotypes.”

Casting includes: Marigold – Stephanie Messer, Callie – Jill Iverson, Riot – Morgen Chang, Guerra – Reyna Rios-Starr, Libby – Briana Patnode, Courtney – Briana Zora Libby, Dexy – Dana Lee Thompson, and Dutch – Amanda Hofman-Frethem

Show dates are:
Friday 12/4 at 7:30pm – Opening Night Party
Saturday 12/5 at 7:30pm
Sunday 12/6 at 2pm – Post-Show Discussion
Monday 12/7 at 7:30pm
Thursday 12/10 at 7:30pm
Friday 12/11 at 7:30pm – ASL-Interpreted & Post-Show Discussion
Saturday 12/12 at 7:30pm
Sunday 12/13 at 2pm

Tickets are $5 to $25 on sliding scale via www.tctwentypercent.org or 612-227-1188.

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.