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Streaming June 12-22, 2021

They, Themself and Schmerm

Please Note: Contains adult language and frank discussion of gender and sexuality

Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic in these meat carcasses.

A New York-based trans actor, performer, and writer, Becca exists between genders and works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Learn more at

Written and performed by Becca Blackwell.

Developed with Ellie Heyman
In collaboration with Jill Pangallo and Jess Barbagallo

Filmed Feb 22, 2018 at Joe’s Pub NYC
Directed by Ellie Heyman
Video by Jill Pangallo and Nick Zeig-Owens

They, Themself and Schmerm was part of UMS’s No Safety Net Festival in 2018. View Program Book

Becca has also appeared in UMS presentations of Untitled Feminist Show (2016) and Is This a Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription (part of the 2020 No Safety Net theater festival).

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