BUFFALO GIRLS: REMIX (2015-2019)
A play about colonization, extinction and queer desire.
Dawn Petten in The Frank Theatre workshop of Buffalo Girls, 2015
Buffalo Girls: Remix is scheduled for production with Frank Theatre and in Vancouver in 2019. The play is being directed by Diane Roberts and stars Tasha Faye Evans, Dawn Petten, Marci T. House and Kevin Loring.The play underwent a development workshop with Frank in May 2015, where director Diane Roberts worked with the actors and designers to explore performance styles and the design aesthetic. The writing of Buffalo Girls: Remix has been supported by both the BC Art Council and the Canada Council. The development of the script has been supported by the Playwright’s Theatre Centre and by She Said Yes Theatre’s , Mail Order Dramaturgy program.
Trapped in a failing three-ring circus stranded on the plains, three mannish women gamble on fantasies of escape. Absurdist comedy, cabaret and circus collide in a play that attempts to resurrect the dead, save rare beasts from extinction and to question our human ability to deal with freedom should it be delivered to us.
Inspired by the stories of queer and queerish women from British Columbia history and set in the landscape of the western plains, we find these three mannish women performing as freaks of nature in a seedy circus, doing acts whose entertainment value is questionable at best. In the day, the women perform their circus acts and at night they plot escape. As they prepare to attempt a break-out, they are sidetracked by fantasy, alcohol and gambling, by melancholy and doubt, and of course by the ringmaster, who needs the women in order for the circus to survive.