Peterson, along with his team at p2son productions, present original plays and performance pieces with social, religious and educational themes. tragedy.
Peterson, along with his team at p2son productions, present original plays and performance pieces with social justice, religious and educational themes. Similar to "Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House--How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement," he fills his other works with comedy and multiple characters with thought provoking insights. Below is an overview of some of the current works offered.
Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible
Digging deep into the Bible, performance artist Peterson Toscano explores the stories and lives of Transgender, Genderqueer and Gender Different people in the Bible and trans people in the world today.
The Re-Education of George W. Bush
Through a series of lively lessons, educator and theatrical performance activist, Peterson Toscano playfully instructs President Bush and his cabinet on history, the economy, privilege, environmentalism, the Bible and humanity. Bitingly funny and painfully insightful, Peterson takes no prisoners as he speaks to the George W. Bush in all of us.
We're here; we're queer, but what the heck does it mean? The creator of "Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House--How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement!" presents a bold new theater piece -- Queer 101. Find out what happens to Chad after he graduates from the Homo No Mo Halfway House and has to cover the Queer 101 class. He takes his class on a colorful tour as he introduces individuals who shaped queer history and his own.
Morphing into a cast of characters, while drawing on the inspiration of poets Audre Lorde, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca, performance artist Peterson Toscano, playfully explores what it means to be queer in the 21st Century.Through this one-man performance piece, Toscano delves into the passion and confusion of internet dating, plumbs the depths of queer history, and humorously exposes the conflicts and contradictions within the queer community today. From the world’s oldest queer story to the gay ABC’s, this piece is filled with non-stop comedy with a generous sprinkling of compelling insights. Regarded for his skillful on-stage transformations, Toscano introduces his audience to characters who tell original stories in unique voices. Edgy, funny, insightful, "Queer 101" seeks to open minds and hearts to a wild new queer world.
Length: 45 Minutes
Audience: High School and College Students and public PRIDE events
Talkin’ Trash in the Homo No Mo Halfway House
Performing excerpts from his “ex-gay” satire, Peterson Toscano then stops the action to an inserts a lively and informative talk about the methods and theories behind gay reparative therapy and how “ex-gay” practitioners use language to coerce and oppress the LGBTQ community. 45/60/75 minutes.
How the Indians Discovered Columbus
This original interactive monolog celebrates the ancient Tainos of the Caribbean and a 21st Century man who makes a positive change in spite of himself. Peterson Toscano recounts the tale of Eliot Robinson’s unexpected trip to a time and place where he is called upon to speak truth in the face of a powerful oppressor, Christopher Columbus and his fighting men. Entertaining, enlightening and educational, ‘How the Indians Discovered Columbus' reminds us that in our world a little voice and the weapon of our humanity can make a huge difference.
Footprints, An Inspirational Comedy
Jerry Wayne, Tony, Sylvia, Basil
"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord..." Yeah, well, that's how the story starts out, but through the years it's been watered down to the point where some greeting card designer pasted a sunset over a misty beach, printed the poem, and BAM! - "Footprints in the Sand."
What most people don't know is that a man really had this dream. (Or was it a woman?) There is a raging controversy over the real dreamer, but four individuals claim responsibility and each tell their unorthodox version of the encounter in Peterson Toscano's play, Footprints, An Inspirational Comedy.
When you watch Footprints, An Inspirational Comedy, you will definitely be entertained as Peterson Toscano transforms himself into all four characters during the 50-minute performance. You will laugh. You will muse about life, and you will NEVER read "Footprints in the Sand" the same way again.
Based on the dramatic New Testament story of a man possessed by thousands of demons that Jesus casts into a herd of pigs, Peterson Toscano presents a stirring interactive monolog that explores the circumstances and choices that drive a small boy to escape to the dreaded tombs to grow up to become the most feared person in town who ultimately encounters Jesus and a new life.
The Golden Apple & the Golden Urn
As Nosretep, the Egyptian guardian of history, Peterson Toscano introduces his audience to the players and dramatic events of the Trojan War. From the moment that Iris, the goddess of discord, tosses in the Golden Apple inscribed with the words "For the Fairest" to the colossal conflict that erupts over the world's most beautiful woman, Nosretep recreates Homer's "Iliad" in an engaging manner filled with contemporary insight and humor.