Marc Snitzer Marc Snitzer is a freelancer, Temple graduate and usually up to no good. Things that interest him include rock and roll generally, storytelling, Walt Whitman, science fiction, marine biology, 1980s anime, punk rock specifically and Bruce Springsteen.
How do we process trauma? When the world is in full collapse, baring our scars may be the only option. A solo piece (and Fringe premiere from Unstuck Theater), XY Scheherazade negates the boundary between audience and performer as actor/playwright Sam Swift Shuker-Haines inhabits both a transwoman engulfed in a scorched, mid-apocalypse America and a medieval Persian woman exorcising the demons of gender binaries and sexual abuse. When society and tradition cripple fringe identities, even the end of the world can be a trigger for catharsis. A semi-autobiography, XY is Shuker-Haines’ attempt to reconcile gender constructs and confrontation through storytelling, with the characters offering desperate confessionals on the edge of destruction to an audience literally right with them; the stage is a soft pile of dirt. It’s also the audience’s seating, surrounded by empty, velvet chairs.
Through Sept. 22, $15, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, 215-413-1318, fringearts.com.