Ben Randle


'Pansy' to fly at NCTC in June 2013

New Conservatory Theatre Center will present Pansy, a new solo play by Evan Johnson in collaboration with and directed by Ben Randle, June 14-29, 2013.

Press materials describe the play: "Shadows stir in modern day San Francisco when Michael discovers a time capsule in his basement. As Michael looks through VHS tapes, audio cassettes and wrinkled party fliers, parallels begin to emerge between his life and that of 90's gay club kid Peter Pansy."

Evan Johnson, along with collaborator and director Ben Randle, began researching and writing Pansy for New Conservatory Theatre in 2010, as part of the Emerging Artist Program. During the play's development, Johnson also appeared in Treefall by Henry Murray, directed by Ben Randle, also at NCTC.

Building on the tradition of the Queer Solo Show, Pansy uses physical theatre, shadowplay and performance art night club esthetics to heighten this historical drama.

Pansy also features video elements created with the help of video artist, Zack Kasten and a stunning soundscape designed by Teddy Hulsker. Resident Lighting Designer Christian Mejia and Scenic Designer Devin Kasper complete the creative team.

Following each performance of Pansy an informal discussion will take place with local queer luminaries, firmly placing this theatrical work into a historical context. Like Peter Pan’s lost shadow, these discussions will re- connect this make-believe story with a sense of real-life queer lineage. The current schedule of panels include:

June 14: Frozen Time: Documentation and the Queering of Memory, Special Guests Dan Nicoletta.

June 15: Pansy Division - Fems in Leather Jackets: Queercore Music and Culture, Special Guest Jon Ginoli                 

June 21: The Shanti Project - Grace Under Fire: Honoring a Queer Hero. Special Guest: Ed Wolf (We Were Here)

June 22: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - A Nun's Work is Never Done. Special Guest Sister Roma

June 28: Early 90's Nightlife Night: Remembering Diet Popstitute. Special Guest Alvin Orloff (Klubstitute)

June 29: Queer Solo Performance: A Living History, Special Guest Louie Jenkins (University of Chichester)

Artist in Residence Evan Johnson, is a Bay Area based actor and playwright. Evan’s previous queer solo work includes Don't Feel: The Death of Dahmer (produced by 11.11 Art Group) which played to sold out houses in 2010 at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. Don’t Feel was featured in the SF Bay Guardian's year end review as one of the best small theatre productions of 2010. Evan has also appeared onstage in the Bay Area with Inferno Theatre Company’s The Iliad, Velvet Rage Productions Roseanne LIVE!, Naked Empire Bouffon Company SHAME!, and in New Conservatory Theatre Centers Treefall (BATCC Nomination, Best Actor in a Drama) and Slipping. He’s a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has a background in devised performance work, clowning and physical theatre. Evan’s drag persona, Martha T. Lipton, has also appeared regularly on stage in San Francisco night clubs.