Everything is Connected - A Collection of Stories: Most Weird, Many True
Date: 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT October 20, 2017
Peterson Toscano, a Quaker and comic from Pennsylvania, helps us look at our current climate crisis from multiple angles including as a human rights issue as well as a deeply spiritual one. In his performance, Everything is Connected - A Collection of Stories - Most Weird, Many True, you will 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.
Toscano performs throughout North America and Europe presenting original one-person comedies that explore gender, sexuality, faith, and climate change. His own personal story is bizarre. At first, he struggled to accept himself seeing a conflict between his Christian faith and his gay orientation. After 17 years and over $30,000 trying to “de-gay” himself, he came to his senses and came out gay.
As someone concerned with human rights, Toscano has taken on climate change as his primary focus as he considers LGBTQ, faith, and comic responses to the climate crisis. His does not dole out the typical gloom and doom, shame and guilt global warming messages. Instead, he infuses his work with hope. He challenges audiences to pursue community building as he helps them connect climate change to everything from immigration to a cup of coffee. He curates the Climate Stew website and is the host of Citizens’ Climate Radio.
This performance is sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society, the Cater Society, Intercultural Ambassadors and Office of Intercultural Affairs, Student Government Association, Student Environmental Alliance, EROS, TaNGO, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of PFLAG.
The event will take place in Decker Theater, in the Gibson Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.