"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
LOS ANGELES—Drawn from over 60 interviews in the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project (housed in the Autry archives), That Damn Horse weaves together the many voices who represent the diversity of gay rodeo, from old timers to newcomers and across gender and sexual identities. By bringing together imagination and fact through verbatim theater, the playwrights hope to combine gay rodeoers’ broader individual experiences to capture a message about joy, survival, and family.
Performance followed by a conversation with Roger Bergmann, former president of the International Gay Rodeo Association, and Voices of Gay Rodeo Oral History Project team members Rebecca Scofield and Court Fund.
Written by Rebecca Scofield, Robert Caisley, and Court Fund
Directed by James Still
Produced in partnership with the University of Idaho
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 7:00pm
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Free parking for Autry visitors.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. so audiences can visit the galleries and purchase food at Trail Grill.
For more information and to register, please go to the Autry Museum of the American West website. Admission: $5 for Autry Members; $10 for Non-members. Reservations are required. Space is limited.
If you are interested in learning more about preserving archives, sign up for our DIY Archiving Workshop earlier in the day. Join staff from the Autry’s Libraries & Archives as they share highlights from archival materials related to Gay Rodeo and provide guidance on how to care for your personal archives.
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.