Pack of Others is a Brooklyn-based theater company. Its flagship show, FLUID, is a solo exploration of “bi”-sexuality written by Erika Kate MacDonald and directed by Sophie Nimmannit appeared at the Boulder Fringe in 2007. FLUID has toured to the Minnesota & Boulder Fringe Festivals, Portland (OR), New York City (Dixon Place), Wheaton College, BECAUSE '08 & '09 (Midwest Conference on Bisexuality in Minneapolis) and Harvest V, the Montreal LGBT International Theatre Festival.
Peg-ass-us, the show about pegging, has appeared at the Montreal & San Francisco Fringe Festivals, the Brick Theater (Brooklyn), Bard College and as Artists-in-Residence at Dixon Place. The show has toured to Juneau, AK, Seattle and Portland and appeared as part of Sex Week at Brown (2011) and Yale University (2012). Along the way, it won “Best Comedy” at the San Francisco Fringe, received the blessing of sex educators, and inspired awesome conversation, plus who-knows-what-else.
In 2007-2008, Pack of Others produced VOTE DEBS!, a theatrical presidential campaign for Eugene V. Debs that performed in the streets and theaters of New York City. A new show, Tap Me on the Shoulder, premiered in Northampton, MA in 2012, and is now touring.
FLUID: A personal exploration of "bi"-sexuality.
A splashy solo spectacle packed with tough lesbian raps, groping confessions and advanced bisexual linguistics. Erika Kate and her characters dexterously navigate the terms and conditions of expressing one's sexual identity, and playfully probe the slippery realms between definitions.
Written, performed by Erika Kate MacDonald
"...the real star of the show is her stage presence, charming, playful, and, yes, sexy. In fact, that's one of the driving dynamics of the show -- the way that she both manages to effectively send up how ridiculous the mystique of the bisexual woman is, while simultaneously using it to her advantage." MN Fringe blogger P.L.
FLUID, described as "smart and comic," holds its own amongst the top ten "Hottest Lesbian Plays" of 2008, as chosen by Curve's Rachel Lastra.
Hey, we'll take it!
Curve Magazine, web-article 2008.
- Dr. Carol Queen, Sexologist
Director, San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture
San Francsico Audience Reviews
Reviewer: Becki, 5 Stars
"Just went last night to see the opening night of Fluid - and adored it... funny, inspiring, informative.. and it really felt good to have the "bisexual" (a term she kind of debunks for its binary-ness) point-of-view so eloquently put forth.. it's not often that one can be entertained and a little bit healed in just over an hour!! ... Hope you go!"
"BECAUSE" 3-29-08 Blog Response Over lunch there was a theatrical one-woman performance by Erika Kate MacDonald that had an especially powerful effect on me. It was the first time I can recall hearing a story so similar to my own journey with sexual identity, and it was affirming while also illuminating just how alone I've felt in my experiences. I've known lesbians and I've known bisexuals, but I guess I haven't had significant interactions with other people who have transitioned from a lesbian to a bisexual identity like I did. I know that others are out there, but I don't think I've heard the intimate details of another person's story that so strongly related to my own before today.
Sexuality, with a side of WNGWJLEO. A Wheaton audience member combines her response to the show with a review of (outed former governor of NJ) Jim McGreevy's autobiography The Confession, wrapping up with a sexuality survey. On her blog "Journal of an Integra Fangirl." Warning: there's 3 pages of survey responses!
"...the real star of the show is her stage presence, charming, playful, and, yes, sexy. In fact, that's one of the driving dynamics of the show -- the way that she both manages to effectively send up how ridiculous the mystique of the bisexual woman is, while simultaneously using it to her advantage."
MN Fringe blogger P.L.
"Written and performed by Erika Kate McDonald, this piece about sexual identity is a searing indictment of standard gender definitions. McDonald and director Sophie Nimmannit craftily piece together a presentation of acting, rap, lecture, and complex algebra which explains that gender is not as simple as it seems."
4 out of 5 stars. MN blogger S.M.
"Erika Kate MacDonald's Fluid is smart, sensual and razor-sharp funny. Salty and seductive, Fluid grabs us from the start as it tackles the many incarnations of queer identity with honest humor and unabashed confidence. Whether through its pointed character portrayals or MacDonald's self-described "teenage lesbian rap", Fluid is an experience for the gay, straight, bi, and the unclassifiable. A delightful spark of insight, shamelessly penetrating stereotypes and misconceptions, MacDonald's intriguing physicality and unwavering commitment to the absurdity of the truth make Fluid not to be missed!"
-J, after FLUID's previewed excerpts at Femme-tastic.
(March 2007, Gene Frankel Theater)
Outward Spiral Theater's Associate Artistic Director, Jason Bucklin, interviews Erika Kate.
Article in The Wheaton Wire by Tara Vocino
in Lavender Magazine, by John Townsend
"If you’re looking for sharp commentary on the binary, either/or way society looks at gender and desire, there’s FLUID. Brooklyn’s Erika Kate MacDonald plays Betty the Bisexual and a badass teenage lesbian rap star."
Art Section Contents, featuring Erika
Full article (pdf)
America's Finest News Source
Highlights of the 2007 Fringe Festival
"Who can resist a show that promises to be a 'sexploration'? New York theater artists Erika Kate MacDonald explores the boundaries of queerdom with a work that features a bisexual woman in rhapsody over 'advanced linguistics,' and includes songs like "Raise the Mast," and "Identify Yourself."
Learn the story of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and enjoy some photos of Erika.
Pack of Others is actively pursuing performance opportunities for FLUID in 2010. If you would like to bring the show to your theater, school, community center or radical venue, contact us!
Run Time: 60 minutes
Minimum Stage Dimensions: 10' X 6'
Sound Requirements: one microphone, sound system with CD/computer/mp3 input
Lighting Requirements: adaptable to basic plot or settings without stage lighting
Set: one chair
Audience Workshop/Roundtable: by request, additional fee
Bi Lines II: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in Reading, Music & Theater
Erika Kate MacDonald performs excerpts of FLUID.
Part of: Putting the "B" in LGBT Summit
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
May 30, 2009
Performance for POP Arts
The Hetrick-Martin Institute
2 Astor Place, New York, NY
February 17, 2009
BECAUSE '09 "IMAGES"
BECAUSE Conference is the premier weekend event in the Midwest for bisexuals, queers, trans, bi-curious, questioning, and all others, regardless of identity.
This conference is open to everyone!
April 17-19, 2009
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Film Viewing Room (in the Reisinger building)
February 15th, 2009
Sponsored by SLC's student group, the Queer Voice Coalition. QVC's mission is to be a coalition of queer voices of the Sarah Lawrence Community through programming, discussion, and good times.
CSC Mission Statement: To provide non-judgmental, sex-positive sexuality education and support to diverse populations by means of classes, workshops, social gatherings, and hands-on, practical skills-building events; to maintain and house these events and supporting materials and functions; to maintain a publicly-accessible library and archives; to staff and support this learning environment. www.sexandculture.org
Guest appearance on the nation's only bisexual community television show, based in Minneapolis, MN
May 24th, 2008
February 5th, 2008
Performance sponsored by the LGBTQ Alliance, the Women's Studies Department, the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning, the Office of Service, Spirituality, and Social Responsibility, the Psychology Department & the Theater Department at Wheaton College.
New York City
New York, NY
October 12th-13th, 2007
SE Ash St. and 6th Ave.
September 7th-8th, 2007
2007 Boulder International Fringe Festival
940 Pearl St.
August 16th-27th, 2007
2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival
1501 S. 6th St.
August 2nd-12th, 2007
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Media contact: Erika Kate MacDonald, contact via email
For Immediate Release: August 5th, 2008.
(Montreal, Quebec) Biphobia – fear or mistrust of any sexual orientation which is not either strictly heterosexual or strictly homosexual – is currently flourishing even in very progressive communities, and even as many queer realities grow ever more “acceptable.” On TV, in film, songs, and in everyday conversations, fluid sexualities are regularly fetishized, demonized or, worst of all, ignored or dismissed. Brooklyn theater company Pack of Others (producers of this year’s unlikely Montreal Fringe hit, Peg-Ass-Us) is out to change all that with their powerful, and powerfully human, one-woman show, FLUID, coming to Theatre Ste. Catherine this October as part of Village Scene Productions’ Harvest V Festival.
"Really raw and exposed … and hilarious all at once. If you’ve ever questioned, or even unknowingly questioned, Erika will strike a chord." In this “brilliant cerebral romp” writer and “charming, playful, and, yes, sexy” star Erika Kate MacDonald, gently dissolves the restrictions of binary thinking about gender and attraction, presenting a grounded, nuanced look at “bi”sexuality, which stands in contrast to mass media’s sensationalized attempts to engage with the topic (e.g. MTV’s recent dating show starring flashy bisexual personality Tila Tequila). “Smart, funny, emotionally honest,” “entertaining and challenging,” FLUID is, at its heart, an ever-spiraling coming out story, told through a mixture of adept personal storytelling, shockingly entertaining mathematical and linguistic lectures, rousing original rap songs, and sassy multi-character confrontations.
"I felt like I was there with Erika on her journey through what it means to be a person in this world. Definitely a conversation piece. Hilarious and touching." Accessible to self-identified straight and queer audiences alike, and designed not just to entertain, but also to increase visibility and understanding, encourage conversation, and build community, FLUID just finished a run at the Center for Sex and Culture as part of the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. The show has also has toured to the Minnesota and Boulder Fringe Festivals, Portland, OR, New York City, Wheaton College, and BECAUSE ’08, the Midwest Conference on Bisexuality in Minneapolis, MN. The performances at Harvest V mark the show’s Canadian premiere.
Erika Kate MacDonald earned her B.A. in Theater at Yale University, and is a New York- and New Hampshire-based theater artist, professional yoga teacher, and budding rap star. FLUID is her second full-length solo show, after Voting Rites: An Exploration of NH Women’s Attitudes Towards Voting (2004), and she is in the beginning stages of developing her third show, an interview-based piece exploring the ways her generation thinks about sexually transmitted infections.
Sophie Nimmannit is a physical theater performer, director, and puppet- and mask-maker with training in Suzuki, Viewpoints, mask and clown. She performs with John Leo in Pack of Others’ show Peg-Ass-Us, and appears as campaign manager for VOTE DEBS in '08, a theatrical presidential campaign alternative.
*Quotes taken from reviews at the 2007 Boulder and Minnesota Fringe Festivals.
Wednesday, Oct. 8th @ 19:30
Friday, Oct. 10th @ 19:30
Saturday, Oct. 11 @ 19:30
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Performances at the Saint Catherine Theatre
264 Ste-Catherine E.
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Vote Debs in '08 was a 2008 presidential campaign alternative and ongoing theatrical performance designed to unlock the spirit and passion of five-time candidate Eugene V. Debs and the labor movement of the early twentieth century. Created by Brian Pickett & Sophie Nimmannit. Contact; votedebs [at] gmail [dot] com
June, 2008: New York Press, ON THE TRAIL WITH THE THINKING MAN’S CANDIDATE by Dana Rossi.
April 20th, 2008: Campaign visit to WBAI 99.5 FM "The Next Hour" (Segment begins at 43:00)
May 6, 2007: Washington Post "What This Country Needs", by Robin Shulman.
July 2008: Candidate Debs visits Camp Kinderland for the People's National Convention as part of "A People's Platform: Kinderland's Agenda for Progress."
June 13th, 2008: Candidate Debs visits the Catholic Worker!
May 24th, Lower East Side Theater Festival 2008 May Day Celebrations! Eugene & Red Genie return! Get to know the candidate through in-depth interviews and in-depth analysis, and excellent original campaign music by ukelele hip-hop guru Jon Braman. Featuring: Liza Bryn, Jonathan Farmer, Aaron Lisman, Erika Kate MacDonald, and Sean Toohey.
April 30 @ 8pm* Hudson Guild Theatre 441 West 26th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues All seats $10 For tickets call 212.352.3101 or visit www.ProspectTheater.org *Presented by Prospect Theater Company's 2007-2008 Dark Nights Series produced by Dev Bondarin
Thursday May 1 @ 8pm ***RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED: we're gettin' booked!*** Jimmy's No. 43 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue 2 Drink Minimum Come celebrate May Day with us! To reserve a spot email us:votedebs [at] gmail [dot] com
June-July 2007 "Red Special Campaign Tour" Washington Square Park Street theater marking the anniversary of the speech Debs delivered to workers in Canton, Ohio - speaking out against World War I - for which he was subsequently arrested. Under Woodrow Wilson's administration, the Espionage Act of 1917 made it a crime for a person to "convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States." The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the sentence of ten years and on April 13, 1919 Debs entered the Atlanta State Penitentiary. He served almost three years, while running a fifth Presidential Campaign from behind bars. Debs won nearly one million votes running on a socialist platform of brotherhood and working class solidarity.
May 2nd, 2007 "Vote Debs in '08 Campaign Kickoff Party" Jimmy's No. 43 43 East 7th St., Manhattan Five-time Socialist Candidate and convicted felon, Eugege V. Debs! The Music of Joe Hill and the Solidarity Forever Singers! Guest Appearances by Emma Goldman and others! And introducing Red Genie! Music by Aaron Lisman of the Blue State Band.
Eugene V. Debs Foundation
Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive
Indiana State University Library: Debs Photos
"In Search of Solidarity" by Christopher Hayes, In These Times
U.S. Espionage Act: June 15, 1917
Arachne Created & Performed by Sophie Nimmannit Directed by Benjamin Evans From her web, the spider Arachne tells her story of the battle between mortal and divine pride, with help from her gregarious little father and the imposing goddess Athena. Body-integrated puppetry and masks switch and flip quickly though this triangle of characters as they fable and fight. Premiered at the 2006 Boulder International Fringe Festival. Audience Reviews: "Amazing! The spider costume simply took my breath away. The puppetry and masks brought the other characters to life so convincingly. I want to see this one again." -Jennifer J. "Challenging and absorbing, steady energy, strong images, moving classical story. Excellent puppet work and imaginative costumes/props. Very interesting work -- we need more!" -Steve L. "This is really original work by someone who grasps the essence of puppets and masks and has a strong presence." - Betsy T.
VOTING RITES: A theatrical exploration of women's attitudes towards voting Written & Created by Erika Kate MacDonald A non-partisan, one-woman show drawn from material gathered in 38 interviews with local New Hampshire women of all ages. An exploration of the frustration and elation of being a woman voter in 2004 America, and what the individual's life has to do with the political process. Performed at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH. October, 2004