Virtual Performance: “OK Zoomer!" Featuring Peterson Toscano
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7:00pmVirtual Event
Allegheny College is proud to present “OK Zoomer!,” a live online performance designed especially for Allegheny College and the Meadville community, featuring comedian, performance artist, and professional podcaster Peterson Toscano. In partnership with students in the College’s Religion and Ecology class, Toscano will lead a lively, hilarious, thought-provoking, multi-media performance designed especially for Zoom and customized for the college and community. This live one-hour performance will be offered online on Wednesday, November 11, at 7 p.m., for one performance only.
Describing himself as a “quirky, queer Quaker,” Peterson Toscano has delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Africa through his one-person comedies and lively lectures on social justice concerns. His plays and talks humorously explore the serious topics of LGBTQ issues, sexism, racism, privilege, gender, religion, and climate change. Having created content and presentations for the web since 2004, he stepped into the pandemic moment by offering presentations on effective use of Zoom and by moving his performances online.
His newly created show, “OK Zoomer!,” takes a hopeful look at the future and is customized to each community by featuring local people who have contributed to making that community and the world a better place. For the Allegheny performance, students in the Religion and Ecology Class researched individuals and organizations on campus and in Meadville who are addressing climate change and other issues of social justice. Students also assisted with promotion and production for the performance.
The professor for the class, Jane Ellen Nickell, had coordinated Peterson Toscano’s 2016 visit to campus, when he gave two performances and met with eight different classes across the curriculum. “Peterson Toscano was such a gift to our campus, offering a unique take on issues of concern, delivered by a cast of characters that had us laughing and nodding in agreement,” Nickell said. “The Religion and Ecology class has always had a community engagement component. Given the limitations imposed by the pandemic, I am so glad the students could work with Peterson to create something that focuses on the good work being done in our community and offering that community some hope in these challenging days.”
To arrange an interview with Peterson Toscano or someone from the Religion and Ecology class, contact Jane Ellen Nickell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 814-332-2800.