I'm Very Into You by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark Directed and Adapted by Sara Lyons November 9-11, 2016 Carnegie Mellon University
From January to November 2016 I collaborated with Sara Lyons on an adaptation of the book, I'm Very Into You, an epistolary collection of emails between celebrated intellectuals Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark. This production gave me first hand experience with adaptation and working with a changing text. Read on for more information and to access my production website and program note!
Why am I telling you all this? Partly 'cause the whole queerness/identity thing for me stretches through everything, absolutely everything. Slipping between straight/gay is child's play compared to slipping between writer/teacher/influence-peddler whatever. I forget who I am. You remind me of who I prefer to be.
In 1995, Kathy Acker and Ken Wark met at a conference in Australia and fell into a fast and furious love affair. After Acker returned to San Francisco, they started exchanging emails, arguing about gender theory and falling in love as they delved into their own struggles to understand gender and sexuality. I'm Very Into You glimpses into how intimacy and relationships are redefined online- underscored by these writers' radicalism, lust, and desire to be together.