How To Have A Body is a multi-media solo theatrical show, based upon Gina Stella dell’Assunta’s highly-anticipated forthcoming book of experimental prose & poetry about the intersections of queerness and disability. Using storytelling, spoken word, ritual, and music, Stella dell’Assunta explores the trials and joys of living in a queer disabled body in San Francisco in 2019. How To Have A Body takes the audience on a journey through public and private spaces: The hustle & bustle of MUNI, BART, the Pride parade, CopWatch, the Welfare office, the Social Security Administration, airports, the haunted streets of San Francisco; and the private, intimate respite of a magical cripple femme bed palace, a rent-controlled studio with fruit trees in the backyard, a long-distance lover’s bedroom, an old friend’s living room, a warm bright kitchen. Consider this a spell, an incantation, an invitation to intimacy, a call to action, a rallying cry.
Gina Stella dell’Assunta is a writer, cultural worker, teacher, and performer from San Francisco, with deep roots in both local & international queer & trans, sex worker, and disability communities. She’s performed and taught everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and her work is anthologized dozens of places, including Sublevel, Foglifter, Sex Still Spoken Here, The Revolution Starts At Home, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and Coming & Crying. She is currently at work on How To Have A Body, which is both a book of experimental prose & poetry about the intersections between sexuality & disability; and a solo theatrical show making its San Francisco debut in the 2019 National Queer Arts Festival. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. You can find her online as @queershoulder, and support her work directly at
Access & Content notes: Theater is fully ADA accessible, has gender neutral bathrooms, and scent-free soap in the bathrooms. There are no flashing/strobe lights or smoke machines during the performance; there *is* spot-lighting and mood lighting. Music will be played, but at a relatively low volume (performer has hyper-sensitive hearing). Show is sexually explicit throughout; two pieces involve partial performer nudity; one piece involves OPTIONAL audience participation. We weren't able to secure an ASL interpreter this time around; we're trying to for next time. If you are Deaf/HoH and would like a transcript of the show, Gina can send that your way, just email
$10 Early Bird Ticket
$15 Online Ticket
$20 Cash at the door
Sponsored by RAW (resident artist workshop), a residency program of SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts.