Deconstructing the Myth of the West and Gender Identity

by Basil Kreimendahl
Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis

May 14-23, 2015

2801 S. Floyd Street, Louisville, KY
(opposite Cardinal Stadium)

LFL’s Spring show is Sidewinders, by Louisville native Basil Kreimendahl, whose Orange Julius was included in the "The Kilroys" list of the most recommended new female-authored plays. Sidewinders pays homage to the Theatre of the Absurd, with clear derivations from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and can claim a place in the nascent Transgender Rights Movement.  It premiered at San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater in October, 2013 where they described it thusly – “In this absurdist-Western romp through gender queerness, Dakota and Bailey are new friends who find themselves lost, possibly upside down, on a vast frontier. Their journey to getting right side up provokes questions of sex anatomy, transgenderism, and who we really are from the inside out.”

LFL Artistic Director Shannon Leigh Woolley says, “I think transgender issues are one of the most important and relevant under-heard voices in our society right now, and I think the framework of a “Western” is a really innovative way of exploring the issues with a sprinkle of the ridiculous. Westerns have so much emphasis on archetypes, and this script uses two characters who are simultaneously archetypal “cowpokes,” while defying gender archetypes.” Sidewinders was the winner of the 2013 Rella Lossy Award for playwriting.

Laura Ellis, Alphaeus Green, Jr., Jane Embry Watts, Crystian Wiltshire

Haydee Canovas (Producer), Doug Aycock (Scenic Design & Construction), Holly Stone (Scenic Painting/Graphics), Typh Hainer Merwath (Costume Design), John Newman (Lighting Design), Laura Ellis (Sound Design), Dana Hope (Props Manager), Nancy Clinton (Stage Manager), Katie Harris (Assistant Stage Manager)