IF WE WERE BIRDS by Erin Shields , directed by Lee Conrads
Through the lens of Greek tragedy, IF WE WERE BIRDS presents an unflinching commentary on contemporary war and its devastating aftermath, particularly for the women who become its victims. The play blends horror, humor, and human understanding. WARNING: This play contains depictions of sexual violence, strong language, and nudity.
Joe Stevens, trans singer/songwriter, guitar/banjo (pre-recorded phone interview)
Joe Stevens is California-based and the main songwriter in the Alt-Americana group Coyote Grace, who has toured with the Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick, and Girlyman; sharing stages with Chris Pureka, Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band, and legends such as Cris Williamson and Lowen and Navarro. His new CD “Last Man Standing”, is his first solo album that he is touring with from August to November. Joe's music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. Joe performs and gives workshops on songwriting and queer/trans issues at colleges and universities and is a social justice activist for underdogs of all stripes, committed to honoring their vital contributions to the greater collective evolution. Joe’s tour brings him to Minneapolis for a folk-roots performance with V & The Dirty Pretty & River Glen.