They, Themself and Schmerm
Co-Presented with PICA's Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival

They, Themself and Schmerm

September 8 - September 11, 2017

Written and performed by Becca Blackwell

Part standup comedy special, part teen zine confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of identity, abuse, sexuality and gender. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll question what bathroom to use.

“A singular sensation!”

– New York Theatre Review

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“I went into They, Themself, and Schmerm weirdly expecting Blackwell to attempt to summarize their trans experience but instead, Blackwell opens their story up until we the audience can fit inside with them.”

Suzette Smith, The Portland Mercury

“…bust-a-gut funny, make-you-cry moving, and one of the most compassionate pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen.”

Krista Garver, Broadway World Portland

They, Themself, and Schmerm is – to my mind – an affirmation of value attained via an acceptance of a tangled life spent coloring outside the lines.  And it is an affirmation that feels important to witness.” 


“…despite your strict warning that nothing you said should inform our understanding of the LGBT community, your audience emerged from the theater last night with a greater awareness of a sociocultural transformation underway…”

Amber Power, BOMB Magazine

“Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm sucker punches its way out of the one-person show genre, gifting the audience not only VIP access to the life of a talented trans actor, but also an education.”

Sarah Matusek, New York Theatre Review