Bea Goodwin & Liz Bouk Team Up For ‘One [wo] Man Show’

By David Salazar

Mezzo-soprano Liz Bouk and director Bea Goodwin will team up for “Mr. Liz’s One [wo] Man Show : [living in the in between]” at the Alchemical Studio Lab on Nov. 11, 12, and 13.

The show, a coming of age story, will feature a collection of well-known opera and musical theater pieces that follow mezzo Liz Bouk’s journey as he tells the story of how he found his true voice just this past year.

“Despite being told over and over that he is ‘a girl,’ experiencing repeated panic attacks in women’s dressing rooms, and struggling through tears to express himself, Liz perseveres and recklessly creates: all the while discovering a pattern of unconventional gender roles in his own life,” Goodwin and Bouk told OperaWire in a joint statement. “Only at the end of the show, when Liz stops pretending to be a woman, do we encounter the fullest expression of himself.”

Bouk and Goodwin curated a collection of Bouk’s journal entries, photos, paintings, and memories for a theatrical one-man show. The two noted that they saw the piece as a means of healing that challenges how gender roles can confine everyone.

“It’s a story that includes an obsessive teenage crush on a Disney character and potty training in his 30’s as he searches for himself,” added Bouk and Goodwin.

Goodwin and Bouk previously worked together on the opera “Tabula Rasa,” the two earning raves for their respective work on the opera.