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Isosceles

By 1910, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas were living at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, entertaining, among others, Pablo Picasso. The play presents a queering of "the Erotic Triangle", which in traditional philosophy defines the power and sexual dynamics of two men contesting for the favors of a woman. In Isosceles, a butch dyke (Gert) and her femme partner (Alice) spend an evening with a noted heterosexual womanizer (Pablo). The artists’ involvement with the Cubist movement (Stein’s Tender Buttons, Picasso’s “Absinthe”) informs the famous trio’s word play. Alice uses all the power available to her and, by the end of the play, is the focus of the “masculine” attention, achieving the triangle’s dominant angle.

The play runs approximately 12 minutes.                                                        


2 females, 20s-30s; 1 male, 20s-30s

A portion of the 1922 photo by Man Ray of Stein and Toklas at home, with paintings
by Picasso, Matisse and others.  The original is at the National Portrait Gallery.