Everything is Connected: an evening with Peterson Toscano

6:30 pm

October 1, 2017

Everything is Connected—An Evening of Stories, Most Weird, Many True with activist Peterson Toscano

On Sunday October 1, join William Penn House and experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting contemporary issues to his own 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.

Admission to the event is free. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 6:30pm for a shared meal (potluck style), with the performance at 7:30pm.

Peterson will also be selling DVDs and comic books. Proceeds go toward HIPS, a nonprofit health center that provides affordable, non-judgmental, and culturally competent care to those engaged in sex work, sex trade, and drug use.

Bio: Peterson Toscano’s unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Glen Retief.

Links:

Quirky, Queer Quaker—Peterson Toscano, WITF NPR Radio
http://www.witf.org/arts-culture/2015/02/quirky-queer-quaker.php

The end of Pasta? Not Funny! Yale Climate Connections
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/09/the-end-of-pasta-not-funny/

Sexuality, mindfulness, and Climate Change, article in The Campus, Allegheny College
http://alleghenycampus.com/13722/features/sexuality-mindfulness-and-climate-change/

Trailer to Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Biblehttps://vimeo.com/209637496

 

 
 
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