A solo genderqueer, kinky, femmesexual, polyminded, gay-divorcee comedic odyssey through the real life of Michelle/Ryan.

"Ze" (a gender neutral pronoun) rips the bandage away from zir American puritanical upbringing in a multi-layered coming-out process. Along the way ze discovers a beloved community that at times is just as ridiculous and pigeon-holed as the one ze's left. Michelle/Ryan both uses and parodies the labels meant to help an individual embrace their truth in a modern world desperate for definition.

"Ze" confronts stereotypes both within and without in a PRIDE-worthy celebration that exposes the complex tension between being authentic to oneself and belonging.

Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016.
Won "Best Use of Awkward Silence" Toronto Fringe 2016.
Placed for Artistic Risk Award Vancouver Fringe 2016.

"An intelligent, thought provoking, highly entertaining and….educational performance on gender and sexual identity." (Out in Perth, Australia)

“An exceptional piece of work anchored by a performance by as talented an actor as you will see currently on any stage in the country. It’s a raw and incredibly intimate journey that should be compulsory viewing for the fainthearted, the timid, the binary-obsessed, the religiously-driven...it may well change your life." (Theatreview, New Zealand)

“Journeys its audience through a world of labels unlike ever before.” (Montreal Rampage, Canada)


Warning: contains adult content (coarse language and explicit sexual descriptions) and glitter, recommended 18+


Presented as part of Auckland Fringe festival from 21st February - 12th March 2017.

Also presented as part of Auckland Pride Festival.

For more by Michelle/Ryan check out "I'm an Apache Attack Helicopter" also in Auckland Fringe festival 2017.