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Thing the first.

Back in February, Graham worked on a great show at Diverseworks called Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps, which was a one-man show. Graham worked sound cues during the show and generally helped with production. The other two people working on the show were Matt, the lighting and technical guy, and Scott, the writer, actor, director, and otherwise important person. Graham, Matt and Scott spent a week or so getting ready for the show, and Graham had a genuinely good time working on the show. He got along great with Matt and Scott, and though they'd been on the road with the show together for awhile, Matt and Scott mad Graham feel like part of the team. There are a lot of shows that Graham will do where he doesn't really care all that much about the people he's working with. A gig is a gig, and by and large, he's done so many by now that they sort of run together. But Graham genuinely liked these guys, and even better yet, he loved the hell out of Scott's show. It's laugh at loud funny for a good hunk of it. There are some aerial stunts at the beginning. It involves some audience participation and interaction, but not enough to make any one individual feel uncomfortable or put upon. And it's likely to make you think. I saw it on opening night, and it was wonderful. And Scott and Matt turned out to be a really cool guys at the after-party. I genuinely liked them, and Graham was kind of bummed that he couldn't go to LA for the two week run of the show there because we had a previous commitment in Las Vegas during that run.

Thing the second.

Another awful reality show called Conveyor Belt of Love aired on Sunday. This is how it works:
If a woman is interested in someone, that man will step aside and wait as the rest of the men go by. But if another man comes by on the belt that seems better than that woman’s first choice, she can swap out the man waiting off of the belt as many times as she wants until the last man has passed by. If two or more of the women are interested in the same man, the tables turn and the man on the conveyor belt gets to choose which one he would like to wait for. After all 30 men have made it through the 'Conveyor Belt of Love,' each woman is left with her final choice as they embark on a date in the hope of finding a true connection.
It's sort of on my radar, because someone on my lawyer board mentioned it right before it aired and later reported that it was the trainwreck that everyone though it would be. I kind of got the impression that the show was a souped up version of that old show Studs, but in reverse.

And how they merge.

As I'm sure you've all figured out, Scott was one of the 30 men that ended up on the "Conveyor Belt of Love". And he was picked! Some douche bag-ette (or is that douche baguette?) decided that she liked Scott's description of himself and his play and his physical appearance which she thought was "gorgeous", and she was "interested" in him. Or so said the card she was given. He stepped aside while others were evaluated. One of the other girls said he was "nerdy". Graham had the link up on Hulu when I got home, so I could see Scott's few seconds of national television fame. Fast forwarding through Hulu, I gather that the douche baguette decided on some other guy that came down the conveyor belt of love, so Scott never got to go out with her (unless, of course, they exchanged numbers in the green room after the show).

And so Scott's facebook page is now atwitter with all of his friends laughing their asses off. I think he thought that this show wasn't going to air and/or there was some sort of "never speak of this" clause in his contract.

This is Scott's description of the play when he's trying to woo the ladies on Conveyor Belt of Love.
I spend most of my time teaching at colleges and universities. I go around talking about masculinity. And what it means to be a guy. And how to be different from most of the macho stereotypes. What I do in order to do that is a theater show called Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps and I spend most of my time in that show up in a Cirque du Soleil type fabric which I climb up and do tricks in and all that stuff.

This is Diversework's description of the play on their website, trying to woo audience members to come see it.
Scott Turner Schofield puts his personal journey from female-bodied boy to butch girl to unrecognizable woman to man on display through his performance, Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps. Schofield has created a "Choose Your Own Adventure" solo play, where the audience chooses which of the 127 autobiographical stories he has developed. These stories, conveyed through storytelling, stand-up comedy, fantastical movement sequences and drag routines, explore Schofield's transition from female to male, exploring his origins, childhood and young life as a transgender person. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking in their frank emotional honesty, these wildly original theatrical performances last from 30 seconds to five minutes and give audiences a view into the many parts of a person that make up the whole.

Both methods of wooing worked! Scott's pitch on the show got a girl to say she was interested in him. And Diverseworks did a damned good job of selling out the play. It was just a question of giving the right pitch.

Way to go Scott! BTW, I don't think the ladies on the show ever knew about Scott's transformation. Maybe not even the producers. Who knows? The internet, of course, knows because Scott's name is all over the place and he's sort of famous in trans circles. Reactions are pretty much mixed, though most people think it's pretty awesome.

At any rate, if you see an advertisement for a show called Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps, by Scott Turner Schofield, I highly recommend it because it's an awesome play. Go see it. And see if you can set Scott up. Obviously, if he's stooping to the doucheois's (pronounced like "bourgeois") stomping grounds, he's obviously desperate for a date.