Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi: Looking for Tiger Lily

Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PT)
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts McCready Hall MCRE
Event Type
Performance, Concert
Martha Rampton
Center for Gender Equity

Starring Anthony Hudson – the human vessel for Portland’s premiere drag clown Carla Rossi – Looking for Tiger Lily utilizes song, dance, drag, and video to put a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling. 

Tickets are $10 at the door and free for students with a Pacific ID.

Asking what it means for a queer mixed Native person to experience their heritage through white normative culture as they recount growing up watching the 1960 production of “Peter Pan” featuring Sondra Lee’s blonde, blue-eyed “Indian Princess” Tiger Lily, Anthony (and Carla) draw from a songbook stretching across Disney’s “Pocahontas” to Cher’s “Half-Breed.” Not just autobiography, Looking for Tiger Lily is a coming-of-age story that's more than cowboys versus Indians.

Hudson’s drag persona, Carla Rossi, is a full-fledged body of work and occupation. Carla is a "drag clown," the ghost of white privilege, and a tool for critique. Carla Rossi captures the intersection of Hudson’s half-Native, half-German “mixed” heritage – an awkward ancestral collision leading to Hudson’s joke that “I’ve got genocide down both bloodlines.”

“Carla Rossi is my way of confronting whiteness within myself. As a queer performer, Carla is also an avenue for publicly and politically negotiating gender in a heterosexist binary. I refer to her as a she, and she sees herself as a she, but I don’t think she has a sex. She is an ancient creature, a sexless, non-human entity from mythologies past that has forgotten its origin. Like Dorothy in Oz, Carla comes to in contemporary America. But unlike Oz, Carla finds herself in a racist, heterosexist, misogynist, body-phobic, ableist, classist, capitalist, celebrity-driven society, and she wants in on the action. She thinks the best way to make it in this world is to become a famous white woman, an object for consumption,” says Hudson.

Anthony Hudson was recently featured on OPB State of Wonder about the upcoming show. Listen here. 

Looking for Tiger Lily’s 2016 Portland premiere also was featured on OPB and individually profiled by the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, the Portland Tribune, and Oregon ArtsWatch.

Looking for Tiger Lily made its New England premiere in April 2018 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, and international touring engagements are on the horizon for 2019.

Looking for Tiger Lily was originally funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and developed in partnership with the 2016 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance.

Looking for Tiger Lily
Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi: Looking for Tiger Lily 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PT)
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts McCready Hall MCRE
2014 Cedar St, Forest Grove, OR 97116
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