LOOKING FOR TIGER LILLY, starring Anthony Hudson
Whitman College, Harper Joy Theatre
January 30 th . @ 7pm (One Show Only! Approximately 1 hour)
FREE Admission, no reservations required.
“Touching on Disney’s Peter Pan, mid-century cigar-box Indian depictions, the absurdity of racial classification, and poignant family memories, Looking for Tiger Lily promises to be one of those rare identity-oriented shows that might actually appeal to audiences much broader than those directly implicated.”- Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch
Starring Anthony Hudson – the human vessel for Portland’s premiere drag clown Carla Rossi – LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY utilizes song, dance, drag, and video to put a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling. Asking what it means for a queer mixed Native person to experience their heritage through white normative culture as they recount growing up watching the 1960 production of “Peter Pan” featuring Sondra Lee’s blonde, blue-eyed “Indian Princess” Tiger Lily, Anthony (and Carla) draw from a songbook stretching across Disney’s “Pocahontas” to Cher’s “Half-Breed.” Not just autobiography, LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY is a coming-of-age story that's more than cowboys versus Indians.
“As genderqueer as it is white-appropriative, ‘Peter Pan’ is a film Hudson still strives to justify his love for, exalting it to a canon of queer classics like ‘Hedwig’ and ‘Rocky Horror.’ Why did a young Hudson learn by heart the musical number ‘Ugg-A-Wugg,” which parodies Native American languages as funny-sounding gibberish? Who knows. Why does a young Hedwig enjoy singing to himself with his head in the oven?”-A.L. Adams, Oregon ArtsWatch
Clip from Risk/Reward Festival, Portland, 2016
This performance is made possible through a grant from the Mellon Foundation for Community Engagement. Anthony Hudson is hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, Whitman College. A short talkback will occur directly after the performance. For more information please contact the HJT Box Office at (509) 527-5180 or Daniel Schindler.
We hope to see you all at the show!