Stray is a meta-memoir based on creator Tanya Marquardt’s experience as a sixteen-year-old runaway and BDSM model, and a New York transplant writing about this earlier stage of her life. A punk show with references to Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowitz, the show begins on November 1, 1992, the day Tanya runs away from home, and each song careens you through the chaotic years that follow – life with Tanya’s father, a traveling vacuum cleaner salesman, her first attraction to a girl and witnessing her self-cutting, being in a BDSM bar as an underage virgin, a writing teacher’s praise, which saved her from suicide, and, how art sustained her throughout, poetically describing the pleasure of writing, “a left hand scuffing across the page like a club foot, or a piece of bread smeared in delicious sauce.” The show will tour to Vancouver and Toronto’s Summerworks Festival after its run at The Tank, and is being published as Stray: Memoir of a Runaway by Little A in September 2018.
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Writing and Lyrics by Tanya Marquardt and co-created with Tim Carlson
Music and Arrangements by Tim Carlson
Performed by Tanya Marquardt, Tim Carlson, Jon Wood and Ed Goodine with dramaturgy by Brian Rogers
Theatre is Easy, Adrienne Urbanski, New York
“This compelling combination of memoir and music creates a truly one-of-a-kind theatrical experience...A work of dazzling ingenuity and raw self expression that hasn’t been edited and refined and dulled...Marquardt’s genuine passion for her art, and her admiration for the creativity of others, comes across strongly."
Theatre Scene, Darryl Reilly, New York
“Marquardt is a fine singer, has a likeable presence and a fierceness that infuses the presentation that’s based on her memoir with authenticity...A fitfully entertaining collage of songs and spoken word ruminations often accompanied by the band at varying volume...’Stray’ is patchy, spirited, marked by creative aspirations and succeeds on its own terms”