Friends of Los Alamos Pride is excited to bring Santa Fe performance artist Quinn Fontaine back for the second annual Los Alamos Pride. Fontaine brings his one-man show, Hung Like a Seahorse, for the week’s kick off event on Monday, June 10, 7 p.m., after the International Potluck, 5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1726 Sage Loop. He’s also the emcee for the Festival on Friday at Central Park Square, 4–7 p.m.
The show, Hung Like a Seahorse, uses honesty and humor to talk about Fontaine’s life as a trans man, but also goes deep in revealing his personal journey as a sexual abuse survivor and thriver and recovering addict. Reviews of the one-hour show based on his best-selling book of the same name call it an authentic, heartbreaking, inspiring telling of the human experience. Read more and watch Fontaine’s solo shows on his website. http://quinnfontaine.com/
In a recent phone interview with Fontaine, he answered a few questions in his typical funny and authentic way. Come meet him on June 10 or June 14 and see for yourself!
You were at LA Pride last year. What did you think?
I hosted the “coming out doors” activity and it was really sweet and touching with all these teens and tweens saying they were pansexual and whatever their labels were. I had a microphone and introduced them, then handed the mic to them to tell their story. Most of them lived in Los Alamos where everyone knows everyone, so the stakes are high. It was really special and precious as they shared their coming out stories and moved past secret places to that freedom. One little boy came through the doors — he was 8 or 9 and had a great vocabulary. He was coming out about having psoriasis. It was really moving.
This year you’re the emcee of the Pride Festival! What can audiences anticipate from you?
I bring a lot of love and also comedy. There should be some tender moments — I’ll let people share their testimony from the stage. I’m all about bringing people together from every background to realize we’re way more alike than we are different. In the improv classes I teach, with students ranging in age from 7–87, we say, “Play together, planet!” at the end of each class.
When I was growing up, the word transgender didn’t exist yet, so it was extra difficult to self identify. I knew from a young age that I was a boy in the wrong body who liked girls. I truly believe that someday soon we will transcend all the labels. After all, we’re all humans.
Your show on June 10 is at the Unitarian Church. Have you performed in a church before?
No, but I will say that people leave Hung Like a Seahorse saying my show makes them feel good about being human, so it really fits in a church. It’s never too late to be your authentic self — for me that means getting real about being in the body I need to be in. I want to help others find that essence in themselves.
Your show is based on your biography published in 2017. Are there more books or more shows in your future?
I’ll be performing Hung Like a Seahorse in Los Angeles this year. I’m also doing a lot of teaching and just did my sixth show with my students at Meow Wolf.
I was just cast as one of 20 ensemble members at Meow Wolf to do movement-based improv in the House of Eternal Return with patrons — I have no idea what exactly, but I’m excited to get paid to learn new stuff! It’s a great opportunity for me to do more body-based work, like dance, and to do it with top notch people. There’s one other trans person in the ensemble and a couple gender non-conforming people. There’s a lot of diversity, also ethnically and in body type.