E. Patrick Johnson, the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies African American Studies at Northwestern University
Recorded Jan. 24, 2013, in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. (By agreement with the performer, the full recording of this event is only available as a DVD from Media Services.)
This dramatic reading is based on the oral histories collected in E. Patrick Johnson’s book Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South:An Oral History, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show, which includes readings and song from their accounts.
“Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” brings an important range of voices to F&M. Using an uncanny gift for mimicry, E. Patrick Johnson shares the complex stories of men whose lives are entangled with pervasive myths of manhood, “the South,” and racial identities experienced through sexuality. The hilarious, heart-breaking, and inspiring men of “Pouring Tea” tell us all about how we learn to love others and ourselves.
There will be a reception immediately following Common Hour in the lobby of the Roschel Center for the Performing Arts.
This event is open to the public.