NOTE: PortFringe will be profiling PF14 Artists and their shows on this blog in the weeks leading up to the festival (June 24-29, 2014). The next snapshot is of PortFringe newcomers Maggie Cee and Rachel Kahn of Boston’s The Femme Show (Celebrating Femme Identity)!
Artist: Maggie Cee and Rachel Kahn
Show: The Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Sapphic Mores Try Their Hands at Radical Cheerleading
Description: Beatrice Llewellyn and Phyllis Troubridge (played by Rachel Kahn and Maggie Cee) are the founders and directors of the Society for the Preservation of Sapphic Social Mores (also known as SPPSSM). They use use humor and parody to skewer contemporary queer social norms, pointing out misogyny, prejudice, and poor sartorial choices while paying tribute to their femme forebears. Phyllis and Beatrice set out to bring their message to a younger generation of Sapphists by attempting to assimilate into the world of Radical Cheerleading, covering topics such as consent, thank you notes, polyamory, and alternate spellings of the gender commonly known as “woman.”
Tell us something we don’t know about you/your company, and your PortFringe show.
Miss Llewellyn and Miss Troubridge first made each other’s acquaintance at a Mt. Holyoke-Wellesley mixer and have been fast friends ever since. After spending many years in the whirlwind of the Sapphic social scene, Miss Llewellyn and Miss Troubridge are now enjoying retirement with their cats, Patience and Sarah, and their Parrot, Rubyfruit.
Miss Llewellyn studied carpentry through the Cambridge Womyn’s center and uses those skills to volunteer for Habit for Humanity with neighborhood queers. Ze is pursuing a second degree in social work.
Miss Troubridge had a satisfying career teaching home economics in the Boston Public Schools and is now a licensed tattoo artist and the author of “25 Essential Grammatical and Cultural Dos for Dykes and Their Tattoos.”
What are you most looking forward to about PortFringe 2014?
Miss Troubridge and Miss Llewellyn look forward to sharing the stages of Portland with such a delightful array of performers and bestowing their etiquette advice and cheerleading prowess upon it’s citizens.
Lobster or Steak? Discuss.
Miss Llewellyn enjoys locally caught lobster, but Miss Troubridge prefers a seitan substitute over animal flesh, be it crustacean or bovine.
SEE MAGGIE CEE & RACHEL KAHN’S “The Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Sapphic Mores Try Their Hands at Radical Cheerleading” AT PORTFRINGE 2014!
Saturday, June 28 at 6:00pm – SPACE Gallery
Sunday, June 29 at 6:00pm – SPACE Gallery
NOTE: Maggie Cee & Rachel Kahn appear on SATURDAY as part of a PortFringe classic “Double Ticket” alongside Deer Babies’ WOMANHATTAN; and on SUNDAY as part of a separate “Double Ticket” with Motivational Works of Art’s WE ARE THE BROKEN PEOPLE (profiled here).
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