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Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at 8.30pm

Mrs Smith: Socialite, Guitar Hero, Supermodel!

Friday October 19: FREE for UR Students | General Admission $10
Saturday, October 20: $5 UR Students | General Admission $10

Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime

Performance artist, guitar virtuoso, and supermodel, Mrs. Smith comes to the University of Rochester for two nights of unbridled musical exploration, fully bonkers storytelling, and lady-of-a-certain-age pathos. From her Little House on the Prairie-style childhood, to her kidnapping at the hands of a Norwegian Death Metal band, Mrs Smith will leave no stone unturned and no note unplayed.

Mrs. Smith is the larger than life “woman on the verge” who is taking the world by storm with her guitar shredding antics and epic search for her missing cat, Carlyle. Mrs. Smith has appeared on America's Got Talent, PBS Television, and has performed sold-out shows at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, The Cutting Room, Williamsburg Music Hall, and Zebulon, LA. Along the way, she's picked up endorsements by top music brands and starred in a Gucci commercial directed by Petra Collins. Mrs. Smith appears weekly at Susanne Bartsch’s Follies at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City with downtown luminaries Joey Arias, Amanda Lapore, and Murray Hill.

Here’s what the media has said about Mrs. Smith:
“I was completely in awe.” -- Vogue |  “Luminous!” -- Gay City News
Purrfect!” – The New York Post  |  “Off Its Meds!” – The Boston Globe

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Saturday, October 20 at 11 am - 1.30 pm

Workshop: Beyond Drag: Imagination, Citation, and Persona in Performance

Saturday, October 20 at 11 am - 1.30 pm in Todd Theatre

In the first part of this workshop, actor David Hanbury will lead students through a series of physicalization exercises meant to free up body, voice, and imagination with the goal of creating transformational characters and performance personas. These techniques are suitable whether you're called upon to play the old maid in a Chekhov play or you're preparing to slay at a lip sync contest at a dive bar ("yaaaaaas"). The second half will be a demonstration of Hanbury's process for transforming into his Mrs. Smith character and will address elements of gender, exaggeration, dialect, makeup techniques, and costuming.