Hand2Mouth, a group of performance artists, will perform "The Posture Queen: The Life of a Drag Queen Turned Zen Buddhist" at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at the River Theater, 230 W. Marine Drive.

"The Posture Queen" is a biography unlike most.

The play takes place at the Zendo where Tommy "Issan" Dorsey is head abbot. Ritualized dance-like scenes that punctuate the day's activities change into chapters of his colorful, witty, sexualized, debauched and spiritually-complex life story. An ensemble of four Zen students play Tommy's lovers, friends, associates and teachers. The use of dance, a cappella song, chant, movement and cinematic lighting and sound help the ensemble cast cover 25 years in one hour.

Hand2mouth is an association of young cutting-edge performance media artists. Performing arts is the most inclusive art form and their goal is to widen the boundaries of what theater and live performance can and will conclude to bring emotionally complex, lucid stories and images to a non-elite, culturally expansive, large audience. They hope to ignite viewers with an understanding that performance is a relevant and vital venue to view the latest experiment in human expressions and, to see on stage, societies most pressing concerns.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the River Theater box office 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or by calling during these hours with a Visa or Mastercard at (503) 325-7487.


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