ontact: J.R. Teeter
Lambda Project tackles Two-Spirits for Upcoming Rainbow Theater Festival
In 1978, Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist designed the Rainbow Flag so that the gay community could have a
symbol. This original flag had eight stripes each representing a different facet of gay life. Pink (sexuality),
red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sun), green (nature), turquoise (art), indigo (harmony) and violet (spirit)
were part of the flag design. When the flag was later mass produced pink and turquoise were dropped and indigo
was changed to blue due to production constraints.
Using the original color scheme as inspiration, The Lambda Project as part of the Rainbow Theater Festival searches
far and wide to collect stories from the general public on one of the eight rainbow colors coinciding with the
theme of that year's festival. The Rainbow Theater Festival for 2005 is a series of performances that will be
dedicated to queer Spirit inspired by the rainbow flag color, violet. Spirit as it is currently defined in the
American Heritage Dictionary has fourteen different meanings that vary significantly in their interpretation. Spirit
could refer to the soul, pride, or even alcoholic beverages. "This will make for a very compelling event,"
said J.R. Teeter the author of The Lambda Project and Artistic Director of Bread & Water Theatre. "In
the use of spirit in gay life I came across the term 'two-spirit' which comes from Native American culture. It
is how they describe homosexuality, bi-sexuality and transgenderism in their world.
Two-Spirits were revered by their tribes, held sacred positions, and allowed to participate in both traditional
male and female roles. The general term of two-spirit comes from the idea that a child could be born with both
a man's and a woman's spirit." This year's project is tentatively titled Ode to Two-Spirits.
The Bread & Water Theatre is asking for queer and queer-friendly people to submit their stories of Spirit for
this year's project. Their real life stories will be used to create a performance piece to be performed at 2005's
Rainbow Theater Festival. To submit your stories visit www.breadandwatertheatre.org/RTF/ and fill out an online
form or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a complete definition of spirit as defined by the American
Founded in 2000, The Bread and Water Theatre, under the artistic direction of J.R. Teeter, develops theatre that
speaks to our new and evolving world through new works of dramatic literature and adapted classics. BWT as a
non-profit company and aspires to be a major force in American theatre, providing audiences with challenging contemporary
drama and innovative community outreach programs.
1a. The vital principle or animating force within living beings. b. Incorporeal consciousness. 2. The soul, considered
as departing from the body of a person at death. 3. Spirit The Holy Spirit. 4. A supernatural being, as: a. An
angel or a demon. b. A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon. c. A fairy
or sprite. 5a. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings: Though
unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit. b. The essential nature of a person or group. 6. A person
as characterized by a stated quality: He is a proud spirit. 7a. An inclination or tendency of a specified kind:
Her actions show a generous spirit. b. A causative, activating, or essential principle: The couple's engagement
was announced in a joyous spirit. 8. spirits A mood or an emotional state: The guests were in high spirits. His
sour spirits put a damper on the gathering. 9. A particular mood or an emotional state characterized by vigor and
animation: sang with spirit. 10. Strong loyalty or dedication: team spirit. 11. The predominant mood of an occasion
or a period: "The spirit of 1776 is not dead" (Thomas Jefferson). 12. The actual though unstated
sense or significance of something: the spirit of the law. 13. An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile
substance. Often used in the plural with a singular verb. 14. spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled
liquor. verb Inflected forms: spir·it·ed, spir·it·ing, spir·its 1. To carry
off mysteriously or secretly: The documents had been spirited away. 2. To impart courage, animation, or determination
to; inspirit. etymology Middle English, from Old French or Latin; Old French, from Latin spiritus, literally, breath,
from spirare to blow, breathe.
J.R. Teeter Artistic Director
Bread & Water Theatre: www.breadandwatertheatre.org
Rainbow Theater Festival: www.breadandwatertheatre.org/RTF/
Join the Lambda Project:
www.breadandwatertheatre.org/RTF/lambda_project.htm The Lambda Project tells the stories of the Rainbow Pride Flag.
Stories of sexuality (pink), life (red), healing (orange), sun (yellow), nature (green), art (turquoise), harmony
(indigo), and spirit (violet). It is never too late to contribute your real-life experiences to this growing body
of work and by telling your story you'll inspire other people changing the way we view the world and ourselves.
Each year a new survey will be posted asking questions devoted to one of the above Rainbow themes. 2005's theme
is Spirit (violet).