“If you see only one play this year about reflexive nonbinary relations, make it this one.” – Los Angeles Times, 2010, Chris Reynolds
Gioia De Cari is a writer, performer and a recovering mathematician. She transitioned from mathematics to the arts in the mid-90s. At that time, a director introduced her to the work of Cindy Sherman, and she became captivated by self-portraiture as a medium for communicating what it means to be a woman in our culture. This led her to the exploration of using autobiographical material as a means of creating theater, and to solo performance. Her character work relies heavily on intricate crafting through research. De Cari prefers to transform from one character to another in front of the audience with the subtlest of physical shifts, and without change of costume. De Cari favors highly physicalized unexpected movement to tell stories and is passionate about character, both in the theatrical sense and the personal: she is driven to create art that strengthens community, encourages compassion, and opens up dialogue about crucial issues.
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