Looking for Tiger Lily
In 2016, Anthony Hudson — the human vessel for Carla Rossi – created Looking for Tiger Lily, a one-person(ish) cabaret show utilizing song, dance, drag, and video to put a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling. Asking what it means for a mixed-race person to experience their heritage through white normative culture, Anthony recounted his favorite childhood movie – the filmed production of Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan” – while seeking to understand his own racial self-identification and where he, as a half-white & half-Indigenous person, holds accountability and consequence.
Now, Anthony has re-envisioned Looking for Tiger Lily as a play, in which Anthony & Carla question not only their place within their respective cultures, but Anthony’s place in the world as an artist. Dealing with Impostor Syndrome, doubt, anxiety, and shamanic kale smoothies, Looking for Tiger Lily weaves through time and narrative in the never-ending quest for authenticity.
Looking for Tiger Lily was commissioned with support from the Oregon Community Foundation, and will be produced as part of Artist Rep’s 2019/2020 season.
Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performer, and filmmaker perhaps best known as CARLA ROSSI, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Together they host and program Queer Horror – the only ongoing LGBTQ+ horror screening series in the United States – bimonthly at the historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony was named a 2018 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2018 Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Artist, and a 2019 Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellow. Recent works: Up Her Ass (Reed College), Clown Down: Failed to Mount (PNCA), Girl with a Cigarette (Portland Art Museum), and Looking for Tiger Lily (solo) in Australia, Canada, and more. Anthony also co-hosts the weekly queer horror podcast Gaylords of Darkness with Stacie Ponder. Looking for Tiger Lily is Anthony’s first professionally produced play(!) More at TheCarlaRossi.com.