Sam Peterson is currently developing his award-winning show, F to M to Octopus for The Process Series, a forum for artists creating new works, with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Octopus presents a surprising look at the process of growing up “girl” moving toward something like “man” while discovering something else entirely. Peterson’s unique humor and perspective take us on a remarkable journey fraught with obstacles both imagined and real, to remind us of the alchemical possibilities and real joy that can emerge from despair and heartbreak. Octopus expects to premiere in New York City’s 3 Legged Dog Theater in 2013.
Peterson is performance artist and activist. He has always used his own experiences to explore his quixotic relationship with his body and its perceptions of inspirited and animal realms. His vast experiences have taken him from Washington, D.C., to New York City, from Austin, Texas, to Carrboro, N.C. He founded a performance group called Neoprimitive TechnoPussy, and was the inspiration for author Peter Trachtenberg’s story “7 Tattoos: a Memoir in the Flesh,” featuring a clove cigarette chain smoking, leather-encased, gregarious lesbian tattooist called Slam.
After a series of catastrophes, some of which are detailed in F to M to Octopus, including heartbreak, the death of one friend, the near-death of another, and the loss of a beloved teacher and spiritual community, he began to blog obsessively, reaching out to a global transmasculine community with his website, www.ThaManSam.blogspot.com. His work got the attention of Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman, and is published in their seminal anthology, Gender Outlaws: the Next Generation.
F to M to Octopus features work by digital media designer Jared Mezzocchi.
Sam is gregarious, warm, and articulate. He would be delighted to speak at your college, school, bath house, or bank. Join him for a night of witty, gritty, savory, and sweet readings that will leave you wanting more.