war lesbian

Based on a queer Inuit myth, War Lesbian takes place in a deafeningly snowy part of Alaska where Ellen DeGeneres, who has for our purposes devolved into a demonic demigod, watches on as a womb gives birth to a thought. They name the thought (who is actually a girl) Sedna. When her secret is out, her father Mitch drags her out to sea on a boat and throws her overboard. Clinging onto dear life, Mitch raises an axe and chops all her fingers off. Two bloody stumps and some serious daddy issues later, Sedna takes on the oceanic underworld, hungry and waging a war to find herself. 

production history

Dixon Place Mondo Cane! Artist Residency & Commission (New York) December 5 - 20, 2014
PRELUDE Festival .12 (New York) October 2012

This production is commissioned by & first being presented at Dixon Place in NYC w/ public funds, in part, from the NYS Council on the Arts w/ the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership w/ the City Council, & private funds by the Jerome & Peg Santvoord Foundations.


with Jess Almasy & Kristine Haruna Lee

Several days have passed since I saw the show, and I somehow remember much of the damn thing with delight… Some sort of magic must be at work.
— Time Out New York LGBT Critic's Pick
It is a show so full of impulses and ideas and splendid, fractious energy
— New York Times
Moving and revelatory in a way I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before in the theater… War Lesbian felt, and still feels beseechingly important, and is a text that I will no doubt grapple with for years to come.
— Stage Buddy
harunalee explores the terrifying unknown with a gaudy richness that left me swimming in images and then drowning in personal reflection.
— Culturebot
War Lesbian holds up a mirror to the wars raging inside all of us and that’s a breath of fresh air in these often troubling times
— Theatre is Easy
War Lesbian is a bizarre, surreal, candy-colored campfest that manages that magic blend of being able to make you laugh, make you think, and give you very weird dreams for the rest of the week.
— New York Theatre Review

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