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GenEnCo's The Mikado: Reclaimed
In this newly devised work, Asian-American artists grapple with the complicated legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan's opera
Arts Story  February 11, 2016, by Rosalind Faires
"...The first time kt shorb saw The Mikado, she was in college: "We were doing Friday night movies, and one of my friends had gotten it, and we started playing it, and I just couldn't – I had to stop it like 20 minutes in. I'm Japanese-American, and it felt so offensive to me..."

Gay Place: A Feather in the Cap
This Robin Hood is not your daddy's white guys in tights
Columns  August 6, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...You can't get much whiter than a British folklore legend, one that's been cast and recast through the ages as either rebel with a feed-the-hungry cause or benevolent rich guy (not unlike Bruce Wayne) driven to do good with his money bags and longbow. This current iteration, Robin Hood: An Elegy, comes from local director kt shorb (The Majestic, of chicks, dicks, and chinks, and more) and tackles way more than a Maid Marian love story and hijinx of white dudes in tights hanging out in the woods..."

Getting Political With The Tree Play and Robin Hood: An Elegy
Two new Austin plays tackle timely subjects
Arts Story  August 6, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...For kt shorb, GenEnCo's artistic director and director of Robin Hood, it's key to create the right environment for the audience: "Due to fear and laziness, we sometimes talk down to audiences, and that is just not necessary. I believe all audiences are capable of absorbing a lot; they just need to be given the space to do so..."

Robin Hood: An Elegy
Rough edges aside, Generic Ensemble Company's new work makes an urgent statement that #blacklivesmatter
Arts Review  August 13, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...They draw focus from one another at inappropriate times. On top of that, the direction of kt shorb leaves awkward, empty moments, with blank space as an object is handed back and forth...."

'Wura-Natasha Ogunji: The Epic Crossings of an Ife Head'
Finding the origin point for this Austin artist's journeys
Arts Story  January 14, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...20, Ogunji, Amanda Johnston, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Annelize Machado, Matt Richardson, kt shorb, and Nicole Vlado will each perform a piece that is four to eight minutes long, then join in a discussion about how they approach creating experimental works that embody both the traditional and nontraditional..."

Five Good Things to Do in Austin This Weekend
On what’s already the second weekend of June, yes
DAILY Arts  June 9, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...For instance: Think you’re being othered? Try being Muslim in the current Trump-humped climate of these United States, you’ll know what being othered is. Or maybe you are Muslim, and you know all too well what it’s like, yeah? Either way, consider checking out this new show from GenEnCo and the Vortex, wherein kt shorb has directed collaborators of Middle Eastern heritage in using the classic Arabian Nights stories as a basis for exploring Islamophobia, terrorism, detention, and that “Muslim Ban.”..."

Gay Place
In the world of queer lady party-throwing, two years feels like a victory
Columns  February 25, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...The Mikado: Reclaimed Director kt shorb flips a classic play upside out. Set in an internment camp of the near future, the play-meets-(in)famous-operetta mixes queer love stories and xenophobia to tell the tale of "human resilience and liberation." Through Feb..."

Gay Place: We're Expecting Guests
Gird up, ATX! The city's expecting 150,000 revelers in a rainbow sea next weekend.
Columns  August 20, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Robin Hood: An Elegy Local force kt shorb directs this ensemble cast to days pre-hashtag as well as #blacklivesmatter with Black Robin Hood. Through Aug..."

Gay Place: Where The Girls Go
Where the Girls Go? Right here, queers.
Columns  May 29, 2014
"...WHAT'S GOIN' ON? Inspired by Brecht, found objects, and Anne Bogart's Viewpoints and starring Morgan Robyn Collado, Kannou, Olivia Jimenez, James McMaster, Smalls McCoy, Saray de Jesus Rosales, and Wendy Vastine. Directed by kt shorb..."

Gay Place: Which Splash?
Let Austin booty fill you with joy this week
Columns  May 22, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...WHAT'S GOIN' ON? Inspired by Brecht, found objects, and Anne Bogart's Viewpoints and starring Morgan Robyn Collado, Kannou, Olivia Jimenez, James McMaster, Smalls McCoy, Saray de Jesus Rosales, and Wendy Vastine. Directed by kt shorb..."

Gay Place: Cheer Up, Goth
Austin's gay summer is off to a bright and sunny start: It's World Goth Day
Columns  May 15, 2014
"...WHAT'S GOIN' ON? Inspired by Brecht, found objects, and Anne Bogart's Viewpoints, and starring Morgan Robyn Collado, Kannou, Olivia Jimenez, James McMaster, Smalls McCoy, Saray de Jesus Rosales, and Wendy Vastine. Directed by kt shorb..."

Gay Place: Don't Stop, Get It Get It
We don't ever want to hear you complain that there is not enough LGBTQ up in this town
Columns  February 3, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...DICE 1950s? Butch/femme? Musical?! Where's my can of Royal Crown and switchblade comb? Candyce Rusk wrote it, kt shorb directs, and a cast of hotty-bo-hotties present a glance at pre-Stonewall gayitude. Fri., Feb..."

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