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Shakina Nayfack (from 'Difficult People') Brings 'Manifest Pussy' to Oberon this Weekend

Friday Jun 23, 2017

Oberon, the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue, presents "Manifest Pussy," created and performed by Shakina Nayfack. Performances will be held on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge.

"Manifest Pussy" is a journey of trans* liberation that follows the time leading up to and through Shakina's gender transition. Weaving together songs and stories from her previous tour de force solo musicals "One Woman Show" and "Post-Op," "Manifest Pussy" blurs the lines between the sacred and profane. Combining storytelling with cutting-edge spoken word, and glitter-rock vocals featuring original songs by Julianne Wick Davis, Joel Waggoner, Zoe Sarnak, Joe Iconis, Nikko Benson, Sam Salmond, Michael R. Jackson, Teresa Lotz, Lauren Marcus, Shaina Taub and more! Directed by Shaun Peknic with musical direction by Jacob Yates.

Shakina Nayfack has enjoyed an eclectic career as a performer, director, writer, producer, and social activist.

In 2015 she became the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women. In 2016 she joined the cast of the Hulu original comedy series "Difficult People" as the first transgender actress in a comedic role on television.

She also serves as a consulting writer on the show. Shakina's autobiographical rock musicals "One Woman Show" (2013), "Post- Op" (2015), and "Manifest Pussy" (2016) all premiered to sold-out houses at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. She received international attention for crowdfunding her gender confirmation with her 2014 KickStartHer campaign as well as her recent "rebel tour" of North Carolina, where she performed in protest of the anti-trans law HB2 ("The Bathroom Bill"). In 2014, Shakina founded Musical Theatre Factor (MTF), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing new work or which she serves as Artistic Director.

Performance dates and times: Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 PM, at Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA. Tickets are from $25. Now on sale by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at the American Repertory Theater Ticket Services (64 Brattle St) or online at the Oberon website.

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