Looking for Tiger Lily
Presented by OKC Rep in partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary
Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | post-show reception
Nov. 17 and 18 | 8 p.m.
Main building | Te Ata Theater
Starring Anthony Hudson — the human vessel for Portland’s premiere drag clown Carla Rossi — Looking for Tiger Lily utilized song, dance, drag and video to put a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling. Asking what it means for a queer, mixed-Native person to experience their heritage through white-normative culture as they recounted growing up watching the 1960 production of Peter Pan featuring Sondra Lee’s blonde, blue-eyed "Indian Princess” Tiger Lily, Anthony (and Carla) drew from a songbook stretching from Disney’s Pocahontas to Cher’s Half-Breed. Looking for Tiger Lily was a coming-of-age story that was more than cowboys versus Indians.
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About the Creator
Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performer and filmmaker, perhaps best known as Carla Rossi, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Together, they host and program Queer Horror — the only ongoing LGBTQ+ horror screening series in the United States — bimonthly at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland.
Anthony was named a 2018 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2018 Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Artist and a 2019 Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellow.