“Seeing Christine Howey perform her one-woman show Exact Change is both a shattering and uplifting experience. (The play) is a tightly written, beautifully performed, thoroughly absorbing 80-minute work that takes us from Howey’s birth as Dick in 1945 to her sex-change operation in Brussels and coming-out party as a woman.”
“It’s a compelling tale, under the direction of Scott Plate, that gets told alternately with humor (some of it dark), pathos, anger and argumentation of the best kind. Howey, as herself, penned the tale and certainly knows how to deliver it.”
Best metamorphosis: In January, poet and critic Christine Howey premiered "Exact Change" at Cleveland Public Theatre. In the ensuing months, she streamlined the piece and, nearly a year later, delivered a weekend of heralded performances at Akron's None Too Fragile Theater. The new version is tighter, funnier and more moving, with a laser focus on Howey's gender journey, detailing her bleak before and bright after.
"With astonishing, visceral imagery and insight, Ms. Howey, actress and playwright, hews away at her human facade and personal privacy to reveal the terrifying, confusing, brutal and often hilarious musings of a trapped soul as seen through the eyes of a little girl, an adolescent, a mother masquerading as a father and a mature woman bitterly defeated by her awkward unfamiliar femininity."
“Some shows offer an escape from the grayness of our lives, others give a lesson in history about obscure but relevant events in the past, some work on our various emotions making us feel “more alive” for the experience and still others have social relevance and are designed to change perceptions. Christine Howey’s one-woman show, Exact Change, manages to do all of the above.”
"Ten Shows to Watch for at This Year’s Fringe Festival."
October 15, 7 PM
Church in the Circle
United Methodist Church
1919 E. 107 St., Cleveland
FREE of charge!
Cleveland Public Theater
January 9-25, 2014
The Crown and Anchor
October 20, 2014
None Too Fragile Theater
Akron, OH 44313
December 12-13, 2014
Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio
"The Helen" Lab Theatre
June 11-13 and June 25-27, 2015
New York International
Fringe Festival 2015
8/16 - 8/27
Fringe Venue #16.
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre (at The Players Theatre)
115 MacDougal Street, NYC 10012 (50 seats)
moving play about finding your
voice and championing your
identity, Exact Change is the
powerful and personal story
of noted Cleveland actor, journalist and critic Christine Howey (formerly Dick Howey).
Before transitioning in 1990, Ms. Howey was
a celebrated stage actor in Cleveland, known
for playing such heavy-hitting male roles as Lucifer, Goebbels, “Terrible Jim Fitch,” Richard Nixon, God and others. Exact Change is a
one-woman tour-de force spiced with political rants, historical reflections, personal stories and an incisive wit that truly packs a punch.
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Christine Howey is a Creative Workforce Fellow for 2014. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. The Fellowship program is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
“I feel a strong need to communicate the challenging issues and deep satisfaction that comes from finding one’s true gender. I know the idea of a gender change is a very foreign one for most people, even though each of us has to deal with gender and identity issues of our own in different ways. So I want to make the feelings and aspirations of a transgender person as accessible and understandable as possible.
“In addition, I want to make the experience of observing this gender journey entertaining, utilizing all the theatrical tools available to fashion a work that engages, amuses and, hopefully, enlightens.”
“This production lives at the juncture of poetry and performance, tracing a personal journey from man to woman to fully human, which explores the theater of identity.
“Gender is one of the universal principles that govern all of life. How much does gender determine our identity? Watching this play evolve, it became clear to me that our bodies are merely the outermost layer of gender’s irresistible force. Gender is not our sex, it is our will to be.
“Although there are as many iterations of gender as there are people in the world, our common denominator as human beings is that we are all some proportion of the relationship between male and female. We exist along a gender continuum and, as a result, there are no essential differences among us. What we share is simple, and more powerful than what divides us: our wish to be what we know ourselves to be.”